Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Today Is National Bike to School Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida -- Don't be surprised if you see more children on bicycles during your morning commute.  That's because today is National Bike to School Day.

Bike to School Day encourages a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May as part of National Bicycle Month.  The event also raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, bicycle/pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment.  The 2-year-old event is a twist on the popular Walk to School Day which also has the same goal.  

This month was chosen to celebrate National Bike to School Day because May is also National Bike Month.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. The percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. 

The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization promotes Bike to School Day as part of its Safe Routes to School Program and encourages all schools to participate. Participating Brevard schools represent about 24% of the schools joining in Florida.

Brevard County Schools participating in the event are listed below:

Apollo Elementary
Atlantis Elementary
Audubon Elementary
Cape View Elementary
Challenger 7 Elementary
Columbia Elementary
Croton Elementary
DeLaura Middle School
Discovery Elementary
Endeavor Elementary
Enterprise Elementary
Fairglen Elementary
Harbor City Elementary
Holland Elementary
Imperial Estates
Indialantic Elementary
Johnson Middle
Jupiter Elementary
Manatee Elementary
Oak Park Elementary
Palm Bay Elementary
Port Malabar Elementary
Quest Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
Roy Allen Elementary
Sea Park Elementary
Sherwood Elementary
Stevenson Elementary
Suntree Elementary
Surfside Elementary
Tropical Elementary
West Melbourne Elementary
Westside Elementary
Williams Elementary