Hoosiers encouraged to walk or bike to school on May 4

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS — Community service organizations are encouraging Hoosiers walk or bike to school and work on May 4 to promote healthy transportation options.

Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership and Health by Design want schools and parents to participate in the National Bike to School Day. Last year, more than 45 schools participated and organizers hope more schools will participate this year.

“Bike to School Day is an opportunity to increase the visibility of bicycling and emphasize the benefits of healthy transportation options – like walking and biking – for youth and families,” Kim Irwin, who coordinates Health by Design and the Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership, said in a statement.

Officials said walking and biking helps reduce neighborhood traffic congestion, household costs and auto emissions while offering an opportunity to increase Indiana health status.

Indiana schools from several cities, including Carmel, Evansville, and Fort Wayne, have registered to participate on National Bike to School Day.

“We loving seeing entire communities – school staff, public officials, parent teacher organizations, law enforcement and community leaders – take part,” Irwin said in a statement.

Organizations also encourage schools to organize walk and bike to school events throughout the year in addition to the National Bike to School Day on May 4.

Schools can register and get information on how to organization an event at WalkBikeToSchool.org.

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