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Bike to School Day, May 8 

Published: 4/29/2013 

Contact:Anchorage School District Bike to School Day Logo
Ben Harris
Bike to School Day - Anchorage School District organizer
907-752-4138
harris_ben@asdk12.org

Anchorage students to participate in National Bike Month event

Organizers plan ride to school, bike safety check and carnival

Students from more than 40 schools in the Anchorage School District will be riding their bicycles for National Bike to School Day on May 8. This National Bike Month event, like the popular city-wide Bike to Work Day, promotes a fun and healthy transportation alternative. Bike to School Day helps students learn to travel safely by bike and participate in an event that benefits the community.

Students from more than 40 schools in the Anchorage School District will be riding their bicycles for National Bike to School Day on May 8. This National Bike Month event, like the popular city-wide Bike to Work Day, promotes a fun and healthy transportation alternative. Bike to School Day helps students learn to travel safely by bike and participate in an event that benefits the community.

Health and Physical Education teachers and other staff are coordinating Bike to School Day at schools from Chugiak to Girdwood. "This is a great opportunity for our students to explore a healthy alternative for getting to school. We're pleased to support this event that promotes safety and community benefits as well," said ASD Health and and Physical Education coordinator Melanie Sutton.

The Bicycle Shop-Dimond, 1801 W. Dimond, is partnering with ASD Bike to School Day organizers to host a Bike Safety Check and Carnival at their store on May 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bike professionals will be on hand to ensure that students' bikes are safe for the trails and roads. Bicycling safety experts will also be on hand to adjust helmets and offer safety tips. 

Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew, other officers and celebrity riders will be joining students from Trailside Elementary and Service High schools for a special bike train ride to the schools at 8:30 a.m. on May 8. A start location will be announced by news release and on the Bike to School Day website (www.asdk12.org/biketoschoolday/) when a safe route can be determined as snow clears from trails. The Reflectorsaurus mascot will be distributing safety reflectors as students arrive at Trailside.

Nathan Shuttleworth, a seventh-grader at Steller Secondary is one of the district's more spirited riders. He was featured in a story for the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage website because of his enthusiasm for bicycling. A copy of that story is included below. Nathan will be more than happy visit and tell you why he emjoys riding his bike to school.

Students who participate in the May 4 or May 8 events will be eligible to enter a drawing for a new bicycle from The Bicycle Shop, bike gear, an iPod shuffle and more.

Participants must wear helmets and are encouraged to wear bright clothing. Parents are invited to join their students on their ride to school.  

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See also

ASD Bike to School Day Web page

http://www.asdk12.org/biketoschoolday/

Walk, Bike to School by the National Center for Safe Routes to School

http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

League of American Bicyclists – National Bike Month sponsors

http://www.bikeleague.org/