Let’s Fill the Bike Racks for ‘Bike to School Day’ on May 10

By Bob Wilson

Thousands of children across Colorado will be strapping on helmets and filling up bike racks for the sixth annual National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10. Nearly one hundred schools across the state of Colorado — including Pagosa Springs Elementary School — and more than 2,000 schools around the country are participating.

“This year’s participation in Bike to School Day is as exciting as ever,” said Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Safe Routes to School Program Manager Leslie Feuerborn. “Support for events across Colorado from Campo to Carbondale and Salida to Sterling and all along the Front Range is inspiring, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how many communities and families are coming together to promote safe bicycling to school on this one day.”

May also is National Bike Month. Students, along with parents, teachers and community leaders, will be bicycling or walking to and from school throughout the month so drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious. Distracted driving is a common cause of crashes so motorists are urged to put down their cell phone, keep their eyes on the road and watch for children near roadways.

Bike to School events are designed to create safer routes for bicycling and walking, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, cyclist and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

In addition, these events can help encourage communities to implement policy or engineering changes that make it safer to walk and bike to school. In 2016, nearly 70% of the organizers said their event led to planned, or already completed, policy or engineering changes.

CDOT encourages schools and parents to remind their students about riding safely to and from school:

  • Protect your brain – helmet up on every ride
  • Do a bike ABC Quick Check (Air, Brakes, Cranks and Chain)
  • Be visible, wear bright clothes
  • Stick to your planned route to and from school
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic when on the street
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street
  • Use hand signals when stopping or turning
  • Be extra careful by driveways, parking lots, and intersections
  • Parents and children should practice the safe route to school before Bike to School Day

Bike to School Day builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

For additional information, please contact Leslie Feuerborn at 303-757-9088 or email at leslie.feuerborn@state.co.us … or visit these websites:

Walk and Bike to School Day
Colorado Safe Routes to School

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