Students and families in the District joined communities across the country to celebrate the third annual National Bike to School Day on May 7, 2014. Schools, bicycle advocacy groups, public health organizations, students and parents organized bike rides and bike trains to school to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.
At Lincoln Park, United States Department of Transportation Acting Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez joined about 200 hundred students from 12 Capitol Hill area schools to celebrate the third annual National Bike to School Day. The event was organized by the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Special guests were present from a number of national partners, including the National Center for Safe Routes to School, Safe Kids Worldwide, and The Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Students left the school in groups, breaking through “Bike to School Day” banners on their way to school.
In all, 18 District schools officially participated in Bike to School Day today, and the total number of participating schools is expected to grow throughout May, which is National Bike Month.
District schools are competing for the DDOT Golden Bicycle Award, which will be awarded to the school that had the highest percentage of students who biked to school today.
Bike to School events are being held nationwide today and throughout the month of May. To browse the names and locations of registered events, visit http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/go/whos-biking/2014.
DDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program
Walking and biking to school mean healthier children and less traffic. DDOT’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program works to make it safer and more convenient and fun to get to school on foot or by bicycle. SRTS is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.