Students who arrived by active transport at Fairfield Court Elementary show off their new lights.

Students at participating Richmond City Safe Routes to School elementary schools were encouraged to ride their bikes to school on May 4, in recognition of National Bike to School Day. At each of our five schools, those who participated in active transport (walking, biking, or riding a scooter) were treated to an educational set of safety lights.

Our program also partnered with Bike Walk RVA, and several other community partners at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary, as a resource, in planning their Bike to School Day event. Though rain was predicted for the days events, participation was impressive.

In its 4th year, National Bike to School Day is one of defining events of National Bike Month, along with National Bike to Work Day. The event bookends October’s Walk to School Day event. Though these events only take place once a year, participation in them encourages positive behavior throughout the course of the year. These events, along with supplemental Safe Routes to School programming, provide year round encouragement and education, while encouraging officials to improve enforcement and engineering.

Mark your calendar for next year’s event on May 10, 2017. 217 schools across Virginia registered events this year, ranking our state 4th nationally!

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