Thursday, May 19, 2016

MCDOT Celebrated Bike to School Day on May 4

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) joined communities throughout the nation in celebrating Bike to School Day on May 4.  The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day and encourages kids to safely bike or walk to school.

This year, MCDOT’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator Nadji Kirby worked with the Takoma Park Safe Routes to School Coordinator Lucy Neher and Safe Kids to provide bike helmets and do a bicycle helmet safety check and fitting for children participating in the event at Piney Branch Elementary School. Kids on their bikes or scooters met in the parking lot of Franklin Apartments and after the safety check, rode to school. Staff held a raffle and distributed prizes, including bike locks and bike lights. About 70 children participated this year.

Other schools in the County also celebrated Bike to School Day, including Bells Mill Elementary School, which prepared with a week-long bike rodeo during its physical education classes. MCDOT provided Cold Spring Elementary School with bike helmets for its raffle along with other items for those who rode on Bike to School Day. Takoma Park Middle School provided incentive items to participants.

More information about the annual Bike to School Day is available online. Note: Not all Montgomery County schools that participate in Bike to School Day register on the national website.