Today is National Bike to School Day!

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Today is National Bike to School Day

Thousands of students across Washington state roll to school today, and Seattle Councilmember Rob Johnson 
celebrates at Eckstein Middle School

SEATTLE, Wash. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 — Today is National Bike to School Day! May is National Bike to School Month, a time for students of all ages across the country to celebrate bicycling to school. Last year, a total of 3,769 elementary school students in the Puget Sound region reported riding their bikes on Bike to School Day! This year, more than 50 schools are participating all over Washington — from Anacortes to Vancouver to Spokane.  

Many schools in the Puget Sound region are celebrating Bike to School Day, including Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St, Seattle). Kids and parents biking to school this morning were welcomed with snacks and high-fives from Seattle Councilmember Rob Johnson, teachers and representatives from Cascade Bicycle Club. 

"Today is the first day my 6-year-olds rode their bicycles to school, and I was thrilled to be a part of that with them,” said Seattle Councilmember Rob Johnson. “I work hard every day to ensure that kids who want to ride their bicycles any day of the year can do so safety, without their parents being concerned.”

National Bike to School Day is part of a monthlong celebration, the Bike to School Challenge, that encourages students to try out biking and begin their school day with an active commute. According to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, physical activity is especially important for children and adolescents because it boosts learning and memory, reduces the risk of obesity, and can establish lifelong healthy habits.

"Bike to school day is an awesome time to celebrate students who move sustainably, connect with their community and develop independence," said Jessica Levine, 6th Grade Science Teacher at Eckstein Middle School. "As a middle school teacher and regular bike commuter, I love these days connecting with young people who will pedal their way into [their] future." 

Cascade Bicycle Club thanks people driving today for taking extra care around school zones. When you drive the speed limit, silence distracting devices and give kids extra room on the road, you are helping to keep kids safe as they walk and bike to school every day.

About Cascade Bicycle Club

Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation’s largest statewide bicycle nonprofit, is 17,000+ members and 40-staff strong, and serves bike riders of all ages and abilities throughout the state of Washington. With a mission to improve lives through bicycling, we teach the joys of bicycling, advocate for safe places to ride, and produce world-class rides and events. Our signature programs include the Seattle to Portland, Free Group Rides, Let’s Go and the Major Taylor Project. Learn more at cascade.org.

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