UNDATED (WSAU) -- Expect to see more children on bicycles going to and from school Wednesday. It’s National Bike to School Day.
Tressie Kamp is the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Statewide Multimodal Transportation Program Manager. She says many schools have registered events taking place, and many others are informally encouraging youngsters to safely ride their bikes. “It’s an effort to get kids and their parents to and from school using active transportation such as biking and walking, and to do so for health, safety, and environmental reasons.”
Kamp says five-year-olds through 14-year-olds make up approximately 15 percent of the total population, however the age group accounts for more than half of all bicycle-related injuries each year. That’s why the national effort is focusing on keeping the kids safe as they ride or walk. “Whether it’s a bike train or a walking school bus, there are ways for students to get to and from school in a manner that teaches them independence, but also ensures families, whether it’s teachers or parents, that the students are doing this safely.”
Over 60 Wisconsin schools have organized events to promote biking as a healthy mode of transportation, which is a 30 percent increase over last year.