Nearly 2,000 students from the Winter Park/Maitland area participated in National Bike to School Day on May 6th. Arriving on bicycles, scooters, skateboards and even tandem bicycles, children all over our community walked and rolled to school for fun and health.
To promote the annual event Lakemont Elementary School held a contest between students and faculty to see who could field the most riders. Physical Education Teacher, Jon Siegel, organized the contest which got six teachers and thirty one students, a record number for that school, to ride. In fact, participation in walking and biking among students has tripled since the beginning of the year through Walk and Roll promotion efforts. Go Lakemont!
At Brookshire Elementary School, students were encouraged to decorate their bikes. Other schools gave incentives like t-shirts, water bottles or stickers. At some schools, walking was the preferred mode of active transportation and all of the “walking school buses” were full. At Maitland elementary schools, students were accompanied by parents and other special guests, including Maitland’s mayor, Dale McDonald, and town council members, Bev Reponen and Joy Goff Marcil.
National Bike to School Day comes just once a year, but students who live within walking or biking distance are encouraged to ride every day – or when parents can accompany them on a safe, active commute. To learn more or to get assistance mapping your safe route, please contact Healthy Central Florida Walking Coordinator, Michelle Sartor at firstname.lastname@example.org.