Washington’s next generation of commuters will be taking to the streets as students across the state celebrate national Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8. Participating schools have planned special events to encourage students to ride their bikes or walk to school with parents, teachers and community leaders. Many events include an educational component for bicycling and walking safely.
With these events taking place, the Washington State Department of Transportation reminds motorists to share the road and watch for young bicyclists and pedestrians, especially around school zones.
“Bike to School Day promotes bicycling for transportation and helps build healthier communities,” said Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson. “Events raise awareness of the benefits of bicycling and walking, such as increasing physical activity among children and reducing traffic congestion and vehicle emissions in neighborhoods. They also draw attention to the need for children to have safe places to walk and ride.”
WSDOT works to improve conditions for biking and walking across the state by:
Information about WSDOT’s efforts to improve conditions for student pedestrians and bicyclists can be found on its Safe Routes to School website. Safety tips for bicycling and walking and other resource materials are also available.