WASHINGTON, DC – Today, students and families in the District joined communities across the country to celebrate the second annual National Bike to School Day. Schools, bicycle advocacy groups, public health organizations, students and parents organized bike rides and bike trains to school to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.
At Lincoln Park, representatives from the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Victor Mendez joined students from a dozen Capitol Hill schools to celebrate the second annual National Bike to School Day. The event was organized by the DDOT and Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization. Special guests were present from a number of national partners, including the National Center for Safe Routes to School, Safe Kids Worldwide, The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), The UN Decade of Action for Global Road Safety, and the League of American Bicyclists. Students received banners to put on their bicycles, before joining bike trains to travel to their various schools.
In all, 17 District schools registered Bike to School Day events on the event’s website, www.walkbiketoschool.org , and the total number of participating schools is expected to grow throughout May, which is National Bike Month.
District schools that signed up for Bike to School Day events include:
Brent Elementary School, 301 North Carolina Avenue, SE
Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, 215 G Street, NE
Francis Scott Key Elementary School, 5001 Dana Place, NW
Walking and biking to school mean healthier children and less traffic. The DDOT Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program works to make it safer, more convenient and more fun to get to school on foot or by bicycle. SRTS is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. To learn more about the DC Safe Routes to School Program, please visit ddot.dc.gov/saferoutes.