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Students encouraged to use "pedal power" on May 8

May 6, 2013

Wednesday is National Bike to School Day

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) encourages students to bike to school on Wednesday, May 8, which has been declared National Bike to School Day.

"More than 40 Wisconsin schools are organizing events to promote biking as a healthy mode of transportation," said Tressie Kamp, multimodal program coordinator at WisDOT. "These events help establish life-long habits that incorporate active transportation."

National Bike to School Day also puts bike safety in the spotlight. In Wisconsin, five through 14-year-olds make up approximately 15 percent of the total population; however, the age group accounts for more than half of all bicycle-related injuries each year.

"WisDOT recently launched a new safety web site designed just for kids," Kamp added. "The online resource includes interactive features and fun activity guides for parents, educators and law enforcement to teach children the rules of the road."

This marks the second year of National Bike to School Day, which is sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes. These programs improve walking and biking travel options, promote healthier lifestyles in children and decrease auto-related emissions near schools.

Visit WisDOT’s kid’s safety web site.

For more information, contact:
Tressie Kamp, WisDOT Multimodal program coordinator
(608) 266-3973, tressie.kamp@dot.wi.gov

 

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