Glendale Residents Celebrate Bike to School Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2017
Thomas R. Lorenz, Director of Communications & Community Relations
Glendale Residents Celebrate National Bike to School Day
Students Encouraged to “Bike Smart”
Glendale, CA - Mayor Vartan Gharpetian will join students, parents, and school administrators from Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School for Bike to School Day on Tuesday, May 9. Bike to School Day is a national event to encourage students and parents to ride bicycles safely to school more often, to help reduce air pollution & traffic congestion, and to promote healthy lifestyle habits for school-age children, as well as, the entire community. Also joining the ride, will be members of Clark Magnet High School’s bike club.
Rider Check-In & Safety Check: 7:15 AM
Start Time: 7:30 AM
Starting Location: First Congregational Church (Parking Lot) 2001 Cañada Blvd., Glendale
Ending Location: Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School, 1751 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale
“This is a splendid opportunity for our students, parents – and all of us – to come together and participate in a healthy physical activity,” said principal Kristina Provost. “Hopefully, this will demonstrate to our students that riding a bicycle is a safe and fun mode of transportation, not just to get to and from school, but to other places as well.”
Trained staff and costume characters – Mr. Stop Light and Ms. Railroad Crossing – will be on-site at the church to provide encouragement and last-minute safety tips, and will also greet riders as they arrive at the school. All riders will get a free flashing clip light.
In addition, there will be an opportunity for riders to get their bikes safety checked by knowledgeable bike mechanics from two local establishments – All Things Bicycle and Bicycle Pit Stop. Officers from the Glendale Police Department will also be present to provide escort during the ride and answer any questions regarding bicycle laws in Glendale. "It is exciting to see younger generations taking steps to improve the safety and the overall quality of life in Glendale. The City will continue to make pedestrian and bicycle safety a top priority," said Glendale Mayor Vartan Gharpetian.
Bike to School Day is part of the City's Be Street Smart Glendale safety education campaign, led by the Community Development Department. It aims to educate, encourage and empower all road users to take personal responsibility for their own health and safety, as well as the safety of others when walking, driving or biking in Glendale. Visit BeStreetSmartGlendale.com or call (818) 937-8333 for more information.