National Bike to School Day

Alice Birney Elementary School in Eureka will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on May 9. Approximately 150 local students will bike or walk to school that day. Parents, teachers and community leaders are also invited to participate.

The event begins at 7:50 a.m. Bicyclists will leave from the former Zoe Barnum High School campus, 674 Allard Ave., and ride to Alice Birney School. At the same time, a group of students will walk from the WinCo parking lot to Alice Birney School. Bicyclists and walkers will arrive at the school about 8 a.m.

Members of the Eureka Police Department Bike Patrol will be on hand to ensure student safety. A local bike mechanic will offer bike fit and safety checks.

This is the first-ever National Bike to School Day. This bike-focused celebration is scheduled to take place every May in conjunction with national Bike Month. Bike to School Day builds on the success of International Walk to School Day, which is observed in October.

Bike to School Day raises awareness about the need for safer routes for children who are bicycling and walking. It also emphasizes increased physical activity for children and addresses pedestrian safety, traffic reduction near schools and environmental concerns. The event aims to build connections between families, schools and the community.

Bike to School Day at Alice Birney is funded by a California Kids’ Plate Grant received by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Public Health Branch. It is being organized locally by the Alice Birney Bike Club, Melanie Williams of and Public Health’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program.

In addition to the Kids’ Plate Grant, the Public Health Branch has a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This grant promotes safe walking and bicycling and encourages motorists to share the road.

For more information about Bike to School Day, contact Brad Albee at Alice Birney School at 441-2495 or Maria Bauman at the Public Health Branch at 441-5549.