Bike to School Day

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Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins, and Greeley held some of the 103 Bike to School Day events in Colorado on Wednesday, April 4, as part of the fifth annual national celebration. Students, teachers, and parents rode or walked to school, Greg Nieto wrote for Fox31 Denver.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) urged drivers to be especially careful because more children than usual would be walking and biking to school. “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 Safety Awareness

Bike to School Day helps to increase public awareness about the need for safer bike and walking routes. After last year’s Bike to School Day, nearly 70% of event organizers reported that their events had resulted in policy or engineering changes.

The special day increases awareness of the environment, and gets the message out that physical activity is healthful and that pedestrian safety should be boosted. Finally, it boosts community by enhancing connections between families and schools.

Local Events

Denver’s 18 events took places at: Asbury Elementary School, C3, College View Elementary, Denver Language School, Dora Moore School, Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, Edison Elementary School, Hamilton Middle School, Highline Academy Charter School, McKinley Thatcher Elementary School, Montclair School of Academic and Enrichment, Munroe Elementary School, Schmitt Elementary School, Skyline Vista Elementary School, Slavens K-8 School, Steele Elementary School, Teller Elementary School, and Valverde Elementary School.

Schmitt Elementary was having its Day of Service, and gave away a helmet and lock to a randomly chosen student who walked or biked to school, and Teller Elementary’s observance of “May the 4th Be With You Bike to School Day” had a Star Wars theme, with students encouraged to wear Star Wars-themed clothes

Among the 19 events in Fort Collins, Beattlie Elementary School gave away two bicycles, a scooter, and a pogo stick, in addition to apples, bookmarks, and activity books. The grand prize winners were randomly chosen by the school’s wellness team from a pail of tickets that students earned by participating in wellness events. The other events in Fort Collins were held at Bennett Elementary School; Blevins Middle School; Dunn Elementary, an IB World School; Fort Collins High School; Kruse Elementary School; and Laurel School of Arts & Technology, which wrote on the Walk Bike to School page:

We will have a family bike rodeo and Wellness Fair on Friday, May 6, from 4 to 6 PM. There will be a ten station skills rodeo, with SRTS instructors and bike mechanics to check bicycles and help families do minor repairs. We will have a helmet give-a-way. There will be 20 wellness booths doing nutrition and exercise activities and a healthy alternatives picnic dinner.

Other Fort Collins events were held at: Lesher Middle School; Lincoln Middle School; Linton Elementary School; Lopez Elementary School; McGraw Elementary School; O’Dea Elementary School; Olander Elementary School; Polaris Expeditionary School; Poudre High School; Riffenburgh Elementary School; Tavelli Elementary School; and Zach Elementary School.

Colorado Springs held four events, at Columbia Elementary School, Howbert Elementary School, Ranch Creek Elementary School, and Steele Elementary School. There was one event listed for Greeley, at Meeker Elementary School.

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