National Bike to School Day is a fun and interactive way to promote biking and walking to school safely. Continuing the success of International Walk to School Day, the focus shifted to bicycling to school on May 9, 2012 when the first National Bike to School Day was held, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. This year it will be celebrated on May 9, 2017 once again.
National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.
Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and it decreases the risk of obesity.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and adolescents get one hour or more of physical activity each day. Research suggests that physically active kids are more likely to become healthy, physically active adults, promoting the importance of developing the habit of regular physical activity early.