Friday, May 30, 2014

Montgomery County Celebrated Bike to School Day May 7

Montgomery County joined communities across the nation to celebrate the third annual Bike to School Day. The event builds on the success of Walk to School Day observed internationally every October.

Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize a) the importance of increasing physical activity among children, b) pedestrian safety, c) reducing traffic congestion and d) concern for the environment. The events also develop stronger connections between families, schools and the broader community.

This year’s focus event was held at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring and included the following activities: 
  • Bike ambassadors and parent volunteers welcomed students and guided them to use “bike lanes” created on sidewalks leading to the school’s main entrance. 
  • Bikers received snacks and raffle tickets for bike helmets and accessories. 
  • Morning physical education classes engaged students in a “Bike-Academic” game show designed to highlight bicycling best practices. 
Partners in the event included Takoma Park Safe Routes to School, Takoma Park Middle School, Takoma Park Police, Bikes for the World, SafeKids Worldwide and SafeKids Montgomery County.

Other County schools participating in Bike to School Day included Piney Branch, East Silver Spring, Coldspring, Wyngate and Kensington-Parkwood elementary schools as well as Silver Spring International Middle School.