Walk and Bike to School Week will be celebrated this year from May 19-23, 2014. Governor Chris Christie signed a proclamation encouraging state and local governments and school districts to promote active and healthy lifestyles by walking and bicycling to school. Please encourage your school districts to promote Walk and Bike Week in May by passing a proclamation – and stay tuned as we announce exciting events that will be taking place during the week.

Students and parents all over New Jersey will be walking and bicycling to school during Walk and Bike to School Week in May. Walk and bike to school events not only emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity and encouraging healthy lifestyles among children, but also address bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. In addition, students who are physically active on the way to school arrive ready to learn and perform better in class. Walk and bike to school efforts also build connections between families, schools and the community.

The benefits of walking and bicycling to school are abundantly clear so get outside for some exercise and enjoy the beautiful spring weather (finally!). Celebrate Walk and Bike to School Week in May by leaving the car at home and walking or bicycling with your children to school!

If your school is not involved in Walk and Bike to School events, and you are interested in learning more about Safe Routes to School programs for your community, please contact a Regional Coordinator in your area to find out how to get started. Your Safe Routes Regional Coordinator can also assist you with passing a proclamation in your town. Find more information on walk and bike events and how to plan walk and bike events on our website.[lightbox link=”http://www.saferoutesnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Walk-and-Bike-to-School-Week-Proclamation.jpg” thumb=”http://www.saferoutesnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Walk-and-Bike-to-School-Week-Proclamation-182×300.jpg” width=”182″ align=”right” title=”Walk and Bike to School Week Proclamation” frame=”true” icon=”image”]