Did you know that May 4th is National Bike to School Day? It’s also a day people love to say, May the fourth be with you (you know, folks love a good play on words).
Last year more than 2,600 schools nationwide participated but, Fort Collins being the city we are, had more schools with registered events than any other city in Colorado.
Between 20 and 30 local schools are expected to participate again this year so you may want to check your kiddo’s school here. My son’s school is hosting a wellness fair and bike rodeo on Friday, but you bet your bike we’ll be riding in tomorrow, too.
Biking in Fort Collins
The City’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and FC Bikes programs will assist schools with bike-safety education, including the new Bicycle Friendly Driver presentation at some high schools. SRTS will also provide free bike helmets to students who need them and other prizes for students who use active transportation to get to school that day (bike, walk or bus).
“Expect to see more kids than ever walking and biking along city streets and multi-use trails during the first week of May,” said Nancy Nichols, Safe Routes to School coordinator for the City.
Drivers should use extra precaution, checking carefully for bicyclists and pedestrians, particularly at intersections.