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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Brayden Baxter starts off on his bicycle with about 60 other students from Gastineau Community School from the Douglas Breeze-In parking lot to ride the two miles to school for National Bike to School Day on Wednesday. Bike to School Day is part of the celebration of National Bike Month.

National Bike to School Day

Warm, sunny weather greets participating cyclists

Posted: May 9, 2013 - 12:02am  |  Updated: May 9, 2013 - 7:51am
Students from Gastineau Community School approach the school after riding two-miles from the Douglas Breeze-In parking lot as part of the National Bike to School Day on Wednesday.  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Students from Gastineau Community School approach the school after riding two-miles from the Douglas Breeze-In parking lot as part of the National Bike to School Day on Wednesday.

Schools and communities across the nation biked to school yesterday. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Safe Routes to School program invited schools to participate in this year’s National Bike to School Day.

Bike to School Day is part of the celebration of National Bike Month.

It offers the opportunity for students across the nation to join together on a single day, to promote fun and healthy physical activities. It helps kids of all ages learn to be more safe as they bike and walk around their community. As many as 51 schools in Alaska have registered to participate in 2013; an increase from the previous year of 23 schools, in 7 districts.

According to ADOTP&F, bicycling to school and work increases physical activity, which is encouraged by the Center for Disease Control, to halt the increasing trend of obesity in our young people and adults.

If more students are walking or bicycling, this will also reduce the traffic congestion during peak hours and vehicle emissions near schools.

This state says can help reduce asthma and other breathing issues, children currently face. Bicycling to work or school also reduces dependence on gasoline and promotes cleaner air for the community.

Most importantly, organizers say, it’s fun.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 255 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The department states that its mission is to Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.

For more information on Safe Routes to School Walking and Biking programs; visit the Alaska Safe Routes to School website at www.dot.state.ak.us/saferoutes or call Carolyn Goodbrake, Safe Routes to School Outreach Specialist, at 465-2496.

Source: ADOTP&F

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