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National Bike Month and Bike to School Day: May 9th

May is National Bike Month, a time for people of all ages across the country to engage in active transportation through bicycling. In addition to being enjoyable, bicycling can lead to lifelong healthy habits. During Bike to School month, and throughout the year, we encourage all students to begin their school day with a safe and active commute, helping them arrive to school ready to learn! Can’t ride all month long? Celebrate on Bike to School Day, Wednesday, May 9th, 2018!

This week, students will receive a Bike to School Month tracking calendar, where they can log the number of minutes they ride their bike each day. Rather than competing against one another, students compete to increase their own personal totals.
Every minute riding counts, including: rides to school, sports practice, parks, libraries, a friend’s house and more! Students should direct all additional questions to their school’s Bike to School coordinator.

SAFETY FIRST!
Cascade Bike envisions participation in Bike to School Month as a family project, one that may also introduce adults to the fun of bicycling with kids! You know your child and your route to school best, but in general, young children are not prepared to ride on the street alone. Click on How Children See Traffic for more information. Most elementary school children ride with their parents or another adult. Reach out to your Bike to School coordinator to discuss route planning, ride trains and other ideas for safe commuting.
We encourage all riders to wear a bike helmet whenever you are out on your wheels. Cascade provides low-cost helmets for schools and community members. Click Tips for Helmet Fitting for a guide on how to check that your helmet size is just right. Please contact Ryan at ryany@cascade.org for more information about helmets.

Contacts:
Bike to School team, Cascade Bikebts@cascade.org
SPE Bike to School Coordinator: Anne Runningarunning@hotmail.com

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