Wednesday is Bike to School Day

Five Shawano schools will participate in Bike to School Day on Wednesday. They are Hillcrest Primary, Olga Brener Intermediate, St. James Lutheran, Sacred Heart Catholic and Shawano Community Middle School.

This is the third year local schools have participated in the program. Youngsters will receive a participation incentive, and members of Shawano Pathways will assist principals at the schools.

The first National Bike to School Day took place in 2012 in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

Bike Safety Month reminds students and parents of the simple joy of biking to school. It also serves as an opportunity to focus on the importance of physical activity, safety, air quality, and building bicycle and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods.

Bike Safety Month is one part of a Safe Routes to School program, an international movement that promotes walking and biking to school in order to improve health, safety and the environment.

For information, call Nancy Schultz, Safe Routes to School coordinator, at 715-526-6136.