MoDOT: National Bike to School Day May 9th Encourages Connectivity, Fitness

MoDOT issued the following press release today about the first annual Bike to School Day May 9th:

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Transportation is pleased to join the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the League of American Bicyclists in the first-ever National Bike to School Day on May 9, 2012.
 
The inaugural National Bike to School Day is the first opportunity for communities across the country to join together to bicycle to school on the same day.
 
“Events such as this help children and adults discover how easy and safe it is to use local bicycle and pedestrian resources,” said Jeff Cremer, MoDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator. “A bit of exercise before and after school can also help promote physical fitness.”
 
National Bike to School Day is based on the Walk to School Day model. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness for communities to be more walkable. The one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration. In 2011, students and parents from more than 4,000 U.S. schools joined millions of Walk to School Day and Month participants worldwide. The reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself.
 
Bike to School Day event registration is free and available to individuals and/or organizations planning a 2012 Bike to School Day event in the United States. Events that register at www.walkbiketoschool.org will appear on the site as “Bike to School Day Pioneers.” Registering a Bike to School Day event provides organizers access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges and classroom activities and the opportunity to win a bike rack.
 
The National Center also launched a redesigned website – www.walkbiketoschool.org – to support walking and biking to school every day. The website includes Bike to School Day and Walk to School Day event planning resources as well as a GIS-powered mapping tool. Map- a-Route helps users create and share bicycling or walking routes to school with easy-to-use maps.
 
For more information on bike and walk to school activities in the United States, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.
If you are organizing a local Bike to School Day event, please remember to REGISTER IT at www.walkbiketoschool.org.