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Shasta Safe Routes to School is offering helmets, prizes and a free training for parents and school staff to coordinate Bike to School Day at Shasta County schools. The training will take place Tuesday, March 24 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to successfully coordinate a Bike to School Day event and to encourage more kids to bike to school throughout the school year.
“Our intention is to encourage schools to be involved in the Bike to School Day celebration and to give parents and teachers bike safety information to pass along to the students,” says Sara Sundquist, Shasta County Safe Routes to School Coordinator. This is the fourth year the National Center for Safe Routes to School is promoting Bike to School Day nationwide. The goal of the Safe Routes to School Program is to make walking and biking to school safer, easier and more convenient, and to increase the number of children walking or biking to school safely.
Participants who attend the training will learn how to fit helmets and will receive helmets to give to students who are in need. Participants will also get information on how to coordinate bike safety and Bike to School Day events, including information on how to form “bike trains,” which is a supervised group of students riding to school. This strategy reduces traffic congestion around the school entrance and gets students physically active before their school day.
For more information or to register your school for the Bike to School Day training, visit www.healthyshasta.org/saferoutes.htm or call Sara Sundquist at 245-6457. Schools should register by Thursday, March 19.
– Press Release