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Bike to School Day Is Coming: Get a Free Kit

BTSD_Homepage_Map_2013_v2International Bike to School Day is May 7, 2014, and schools across Wake County are invited to participate and register their school at The first 25 K-8  schools in North Carolina that register en event will receive a free kit to help promote safety and fun at the event.

The Safe Routes to School Bike to School Day Kit will include:

  • Safety vests and water bottles for event leaders
  • Bike to School Day stickers
  • SRTS reflective stickers
  • Pencils
  • Bicycle safety lesson plans

Bike to School Day is a national event that gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day. The national event is part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school and encourages bicycling to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute. Although Bike to School Day is a one day event, it is leading to long term change. Students, parents and teachers are using Bike to School day to inspire transformation in their communities.

Easy steps to receiving a kit:

  1. Register a school in North Carolina that serves K-8 students at While Bike to School Day is May 7, 2014, if that date doesn’t work for your school calendar, it’s okay to sign up and celebrate on a different day in May.
  2. Include the following information in your event registration: School contact name, mailing address, city, state and zip.
  3. Plan a Bike to School Day event.
  4. Hurry! Only the first 25 qualifying registrants will receive a kit.

Nearly 1,30o events were registered last year. There are lots of resources about planning, promoting and continuing bike to school events at

Wellness Star

AHA has a new award, the Wellness Star,  for schools in Wake County this year that specifically recognizes schools for their outstanding and ongoing walk or bike to school programs. Schools may apply by 5 pm, March 21 for consideration. Details and access to the short online application are here.

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