West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio proclaimed May 10, 2017 as National Bike to School Day in West Palm Beach. To celebrate, three schools in the City have agreed to participate in “bike to school week” events..
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 3, 2017)—West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio proclaimed May 10, 2017 as National Bike to School Day in West Palm Beach. To celebrate, three schools in the City have agreed to participate in “bike to school week” events, and the City is coordinating giveaways at:
· Northmore Elementary School (4111 North Terrace Drive) on May 10, 7:30am–8am
· Roosevelt Middle School (1220 15th Street) on May 11, 7:05am–8:30am
· Grassy Waters Elementary School (3550 N. Jog Road) on May 12, 7:30am-8am
Driving students to school contributes to traffic congestion. Air pollution and a lack of physical activity play a leading role in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children. Being able to bicycle or walk to school offers an opportunity to build activity into the daily routine.
The City is committed to creating safer routes for bicycling and walking for everyone including students. A mobility study now underway will help the City plan its future transportation network. The City is also developing a bicycle master plan to develop a list of suggestions for bicycle improvements that can be executed over time.
“The City is sending bikeability audits to the participating schools to better understand the quality of the students’ bike routes, a recommended action that resulted from the recent Gehl study of the City,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The City is also applying for grants and developing roadway improvement projects to make immediate changes to enable children and adults to more safely bicycle and walk in our City.”
“In advance of National Bike to School Day, parents and caregivers should determine the “bikeability” of their community, and children should remember to wear their bike helmets,” said Development Services Department Senior Planner Heather Tribou. “It’s important to identify any potential challenges and dangers to safe bicycling.”
Motorists are advised to be extra patient and to slow down near these schools on ‘Bike to School Day’ and every day.
For additional information, please contact Heather Tribou at (561) 822-1562 or visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.