San Francisco hosts largest bike to school event in the country!
From April 20-24, San Francisco hosted the largest bike to school event in the country. An estimated 6,000 students, parents and school staff at nearly 90 schools from preschool to high school joined the fun on various days throughout the week, encouraging and celebrating students, parents and staff rolling to school by bicycle, scooter, skateboard or bus.
At Commodore Sloat Elementary School, Board of Education Commissioner Sandra Lee Fewer stood in front of the huge crowd of children and parents celebrating Bike & Roll to School Week and made a promise: that the San Francisco Unified School District will do all it can to support the City’s goal of Vision Zero. Vision Zero, adopted by the Mayor and Board of Supervisors in early 2014, seeks to end traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2024.
“We know it’s great for children and great for our city when more kids and families get around on foot, bicycle and bus,” said Lee Fewer. “Kids arrive at school energized and alert; the streets around schools are less congested; and we all breathe cleaner air. We have to make our streets as safe as possible to support all of you walking, biking and rolling every day, which is what Vision Zero is all about.”
Walking, transit use and carpooling were also celebrated. The SF Safe Routes to School partnership sponsors Bike & Roll to School Week, which is coordinated annually by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. SF Safe Routes to School’s overall goal is to promote active, healthy and safe ways to travel to and from school. Learn more, and see list of all schools with Bike & Roll events throughout the week at sfsaferoutestoschool.org
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