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Hoover Elementary School Holds Bike to School Day Parade
BIRMINGHAM (May 7, 2014) – Bluff Park Elementary School held a bicycle parade in partnership with Children’s of Alabama, Safe Kids Alabama and Safe Routes to School Central Alabama on May 7 as part of National Bike to School Day.
The celebration began at 7:15 a.m. with a morning arrival parade of students riding their bikes from Shades Crest Baptist Church down Park Terrace to Bluff Park Elementary. Bluff Park Elementary was selected as the site of the event because a large number its students ride their bikes to school each day.
The purpose of Bike to School Day is to educate children and their families about how to ride a bike safely, encourage them to always wear a bike helmet and to promote good health by exercising. In the week prior to the event, safety experts from Children’s conducted puppet show and other demonstrations to teach safe biking habits to Bluff Park students and distributed bike helmets to those who didn’t have one. Last year, 28 children were treated at Children’s of trauma injuries sustained in bike wrecks. A trauma is a life-threatening or life-altering injury.
Earlier in the school year, Bluff Park Elementary hosted several Walk to School Day events in partnership with Safe Routes to School of Central Alabama which utilized a Walking School Bus, supervised by adult volunteers, that followed three neighborhood routes. Several hundred students and parents participated. Safe Routes to School is a movement to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for students to walk and bike to school.
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.
Safe Routes to School of Central Alabama is a joint initiative of United Way of Central Alabama and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham. It strives to accomplish several objectives including increased safety, physical activity, traffic mitigation and improved air quality. Safe Routes to School partners with schools to educate and encourage students to walk, and works with cities to improve infrastructure to be more conducive for walking and biking. More information is available at www.saferoutesal.org.
More information about Bike to School Day is available at www.walkbiketoschool.org.