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Michigan students to get moving on Bike to School Day Wednesday

Safe Routes to School, an international movement—and now a federal program— makes it safe, convenient, and fun for children, including those with disabilities, to bicycle and walk to school.
FILE. Children biking to school.
FILE. Children biking to school.(KEVN)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 1:15 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (MDOT/WLUC) - Michigan students from around the state, along with their parents, teachers, and community leaders, will join students around the country for Bike to School Day (B2SD) on May 5.

Organized by the Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program staff in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), this day celebrates the benefits of cycling.

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 student’s readiness to learn in school.

“When students have safe routes to travel, they can incorporate more physical activity into their daily routine,” said Mike Kapp, administrator, MDOT Office of Economic Development. “By having a day dedicated to biking to school, we can show families what’s possible in their community.”

The MFF SRTS program works with schools, families, and communities across the state to enhance active transportation through various modes.

“It is exciting to see the different ways schools embrace this event to encourage healthy habits and build excitement around biking to school,” said Katie Alexander, SRTS program director. “This event encourages students to get the daily physical activity they need and learn safe biking skills.

To learn more about B2SD, click here.

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