National Bike to School Day Encourages Safer Routes for Biking and Walking
TOLEDO, Ohio, May 6, 2019 – Live Well Greater Toledo partners, including Toledo Public Schools, YMCA of Greater Toledo, the City of Toledo and numerous other participating organizations, will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Harvard Elementary School, 1949 Glendale Ave., Toledo.
Students, parents and volunteers will walk and ride their bikes to school to celebrate National Bike to School Day. They will arrive school between 8:20 am and 8:45 am and will be greeted by staff, Live Well representatives, Muddy the Mudhen and Mayor Kapszukiewicz. Students will be given incentives for participating.
Bike to School Day encourages a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May. Its goals include:
- raising awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking
- emphasizing the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian and bicycle safety
- reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment
- building connections between families, schools and the broader community
The event is being organized by Live Well Greater Toledo as part of their Safe Routes to School Initiative. It’s made possible by funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation and Action for Healthy Kids. Through partnerships, Live Well Greater Toledo and the City of Toledo have received nearly $1.2 million to improve the routes that students walk and bike to school and to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety programs.
What: National Bike to School Day
When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Harvard ElementarySchool 1949 Glendale Ave., Toledo, OH 43614
Available for interviews at the event:
- Jenny Hansen, Toledo Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Live Well Greater Toledo
- Patti Mazur, Senior Director of Communications for Toledo Public Schools
- Wade Kapszukiewicz, Mayor City of Toledo
The mission of Live Well is to work together to measurably improve the health and well-being of our community through policies, systems, and environmental change that support improved nutrition and physical activity. Live Well and the City of Toledo received $460,000 in federal funding through the Ohio Department of Transportation for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects, activities and programming to support Toledo Safe Routes to School in an effort to make travel to and from school more safe and sustainable.