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Today is Bike to School Day

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Bike to School Day is on Wednesday, October 13th. This event was created by President Obama to encourage kids to bike to school and not depend on public transportation.

Bike New York, Council Member Brad Lander and the NYC Department of Transportation will lead group rides to and from Brooklyn’s public school MS 51.

The group rides, which take place from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 pm., are expected to draw hundreds of young bicyclists with their parents. There will be safety tips given before the rides start by Bike New York and the DOT.

In addition, there will be a number of routes in the morning, but below is the starting point for a press kick-off.

Logistics:
· (STARTING POINT) Time: 7:35 am at 23rd Street and 5th Avenue in Park Slope – Kick-off with speeches by Bike New York, Council Member Brad Lander and the Department of Transportation

· (FINAL POINT) Time: 7:50 am at MS 51: 350 Fifth Avenue (Fourth Street), Park Slope, Brooklyn – Parents, kids and hosts are available for interviews

Hundreds of Brooklyn Students to Bike to School on October 13, 2010

Students from all over the world will be walking and biking to school on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, as part of International Walk and Bike to School Day. Locally, Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation are teaming up to lead group rides to and from Brooklyn’s William Alexander School MS 51. The group rides, which take place from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 pm., are expected to draw hundreds of young bicyclists.

New York City Councilmember Brad Lander also will be participating in the group rides, biking to MS 51 with his son and giving a short speech in front of the school before 8 a.m.

Whereas nearly 50% of students nationwide walked or biked to school in 1969, that number has fallen to just 13%. As recently highlighted by the NYC Department of Health and first lady Michelle Obama, active transportation provides a wealth of benefits. Biking to school is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into daily life, it’s good for the environment, it’s quick, and it’s exciting. In addition, studies have shown that kids who are physically active are more able to pay attention in school and perform better on tests.

MS 51’s celebration of International Walk and Bike to School Day follows its successful Bike to School Day events, held during Bike Month on May 28, 2010. Bike to School Day was also hosted jointly by Bike New York and the NYCDOT.

On October 13, group rides will set out from Sunset Park and Carroll Gardens, making neighborhood “bike stops” to collect more students en route to the school. While parents are welcome to join in, there will be adult ride leaders helping to keep the group on course.

More Info: Bikenewyork.org/bike-to-school

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