Study Students Ready to Ride on Bike-to-School Day - May 08, 2017
Students at Study Elementary will participate in Bike-to-School Day on Wednesday, May 10, with nearly 50 students expected to ride their bikes to school.
For the third year, Fort Wayne Community Schools is partnering with the City of Fort Wayne and Parkview Health to celebrate National Bike-to-School Day. The event is also part of Kickstart Fort Wayne, a month-long community celebration of bikes, art, music and theater.
In April, members of Parkview Health’s trauma team and Fort Wayne Police Bike Patrol Officers visited Study to talk to students about bike safety and provide bike helmets for students participating in the Bike-to-School event. Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of bicycle-related head injury by about 80 percent, but most bike riders do not wear helmets, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Wednesday, Study students living close to the school are invited to bike or walk to school. Temporary bike racks provided by the city will be available for students to park their bikes.
In addition to teaching students how to travel safely, the event is also designed to build awareness in the community that there are additional children on the roads traveling to and from school. And with summer break just three weeks away, adult drivers must be aware of an increased number of children walking, riding bikes and playing outside.
“This is a great event for our students, as we have many children who ride their bikes to school each day,” Study Principal Timothy Bobay said. “Children – and many adults – often don’t think it’s cool to wear a bike helmet, but they learned from Parkview’s team and the bike officers how important it is to protect their brains while riding. We will reiterate the importance of safe riding as we ride together on Bike-to-School Day.”