2021/5/05 08:00:00

Countdown to Bike to School Day 2020!

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At its core, Bike to School Day is about community, safety and health. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools to build off of the energy of National Bike Month and the popularity of International Walk to School Day (an event celebrated around the world since 1997). Join families around the state for Michigan’s Bike to School Day to celebrate the benefits of bicycling on Wednesday, May 5. Whether students are back to school or learning virtually on B2SD, there are many ways to participate. The main idea is to keep moving and stay active! To acknowledge participation, we ask schools and individual families to register for the event.

To acknowledge the many learning formats taking place, we are encouraging schools and individual families to register for the event. Depending on where students find themselves on B2SD, they can walk and bike to school or even just around their own neighborhood. The main idea is to keep moving and stay active!

Families are encouraged to post photos of their Bike to School Day activities to social media by tagging @MichiganFitness and @MichiganDOT with the hashtag #saferoutesmi.

For tips to make your outing safe and enjoyable, MDOT offers the following pedestrian/bicyclist safety tips:

  • Plan your route.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
  • Stay visible. Wear light and bright-colored clothing. If you must be out at night, wear reflective clothing.
  • Stay alert. Enjoy time away from the phone.
  • Children can ride their bicycle on the sidewalk. If riding in the street; please ride with traffic, obey all traffic laws, and use proper hand signals.
  • When possible, cross at a crosswalk. Only cross when safe to do so. Make eye contact with the drivers and make sure all cars have stopped before crossing.

After you register, download the Bike to School Day Toolkit (zip file) to start planning your event. The toolkit includes:

  • How to Plan a B2SD Event
  • How to Plan a B2SD Event in 7 Days
  • Flyer
  • Parent Invite
  • Parent Permission Slip
  • Social Media Posts
  • Invitation to Legislators
  • Representative & Senator Info
  • FAQ’s
  • Photo Release Form

For more information, contact Adam Jenks (email link), Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator at 517-908-3816.

For more tips and assistance, visit the National Walk/Bike to School (links to new window) website.

For more information, contact Adam Jenks (email link), Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator at 517-908-3816.

For more tips and assistance visit the National Walk/Bike to School (links to new window) website.