Bike to School Day set for Wednesday

May 6, 2013

National Bike to School Day celebrates the benefits of daily exercise and safe routes for kids.  It takes place this Wednesday across the state.

"A generation ago, we had lots of kids biking and walking to school and we’ve seen a decrease in that because of…due to safety and lack of education so this event brings awareness to that."

Angela Barry, program coordinator for Safe Routes Nebraska. 

She says studies confirm that just a few minutes of daily exercise makes kids healthier, happier and better prepared to do well in school. 

Beyond the health benefits of daily exercise, Barry says the event also helps create safer environments for pedestrians and bicyclists.

"It’s great to encourage your kids to walk and bike to school and use this as an opportunity to teach them about safety when walking and biking and looking at your environment, and making sure that you have an environment that is accessible for kids to walk and bike, because a lot of our environments aren’t. So then we can look at those environments and get them more accessible for pedestrians."

Bike to School day is this Wednesday, May 8.