School has just begun and there’s no better way to get to class than by riding your bike. I recently signed a proclamation declaring September 9-13 this year to be Bike to School Week. I encourage students of all ages to walk or bike safely to school at least three times during Bike to School Week.
About 10 Provo schools are hosting bike-related events during Bike to School Week. Parent volunteers are organizing simple bike safety check tune-ups, Provo Police Department is registering bicycles for students, and local bicycle shops are generously donating prizes for daily and a grand prize drawings for students who ride to school this week. For example, Westridge Elementary School students can take advantage of the new bike lanes down 1460 North to safely get to and from school. Those who participate will be entered into a drawing to win a new bicycle! Check with your school to see what bicycle-related events and activities they are hosting.
We hope that these and other events will encourage students to make every week Bike to School Week and make our community more livable, more heathy, and happy.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 11:
- Weekly Cyclocross Series: 5:30, Paul Ream Wilderness Park
- Bike Polo, Wells Fargo Parking Lot, 7
Did you know?
- In 1969, 87% of all school children who lived within a mile of school walked or biked to school, and now only 33% do.
- In the last 40 years, child obesity rates have soared, with 25 million children and adolescents—more than 33%–now overweight.
- The increase in driving has contributed to air pollution, which, because of geography, is particularly bad in Utah County.
- There has been a 74% increase in asthma among kids in the last 25 years.
- Communities that are bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly are not only healthier, but are also more connected and happier.
- Concern for the safety and health of children is a driving motive behind the Bicycle Master Plan now before the City Council.