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Friday, May 03, 2013
Charlotte Claybrooke, Safe Routes to School Program, 360-705-7302
Paula Reeves, manager, Community Design, 360-705-7258
WSDOT reminds drivers to share the road
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:
- Helping schools to develop school walk and bike route plans
- Providing information about pedestrian and bicyclist safety to the public
- Conducting training and workshops for local agencies regarding WSDOT’s bicycle and pedestrian program
- Providing funding and design assistance for better sidewalks, crossings, trails and related improvements
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.
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