Students are encouraged to ride their bikes to school that day. The idea is to promote exercise, bike safety and an environmentally friendly alternative to taking a vehicle to school each day.
Student riders will meet up with representatives from the city, school and the Apopka Police Department at 7:15 a.m. at the recreational property next to Apopka’s Grossenbacher Water Treatment Facility at East Martin Street and North Park Avenue.
Cyclists will take a police-escorted ride along Grossenbacher Drive, up Wells Street and to the school’s basketball courts.
Free bike helmets with fittings will be provided while supplies last, courtesy of Amscot Financial. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Gift bags also will be available.
Special thanks to event support from Amscot Financial, BAM-B Enterprises, which operates McDonald’s restaurants on Main Street and Rock Springs Road in Apopka, Fast Signs of Apopka-Altamonte Springs and the Dream Lake Elementary PTA.
The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.
The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.
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