Michigan Students Roll Out on Bike to School Day
Through Bike to School Day, communities see the promise of healthier students and safer streets.
"Michigan Fitness Foundation gets people moving across the state," said Mike Kapp, Administrator for MDOT's Office of Economic Development. "When families have safe routes to travel, they can incorporate more physical activity into their daily commute, whether to school, work or for fun. By having a day dedicated to biking to school, we can show families what's possible in their community."
This year, Detroit Public Schools added a new component to the day by including the Detroit Fitness Foundations' Lexus Velodrome in the action. Students participated in a bike rodeo, helmet fittings, bike safety and track demonstrations at the Midwest's only indoor Velodrome. "It is exciting to see how communities embrace this event to encourage healthy habits, neighborhood safety and build a sense of community," said Katie Alexander, program director for Safe Routes to School. "This event helps students get active and learn safe biking skills. And, riding a bike is just plain fun!"
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an international movement—and now a federal program—to make it safe, convenient, and fun for children, including those with disabilities, to bicycle and walk to school. SRTS initiatives also help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods, and contribute to students' readiness to learn in school.
The next SRTS statewide event is Walk to School Day on October 2. Walk to School Day is designed to encourage walkable communities. Created in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America, it has grown to become an international event that takes place in more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 300 Michigan schools participating annually. For details, visit https://michiganfitness.org/