‘Bike to School Day’ held in WPB

South Florida Times - - METRO - Cour­tesy of West Palm Beach In­sider News­let­ter

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio pro­claimed May 10 as Na­tional Bike to School Day in West Palm Beach. To cel­e­brate, three schools in the City agreed to par­tic­i­pate in “bike to school” events and the City co­or­di­nated give­aways at:

• North­more Ele­men­tary School (4111 North Ter­race Drive) on May 10, 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

• Roo­sevelt Mid­dle School (1220 15th Street) on May 11, 7:05 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. • Grassy Wa­ters Ele­men­tary School (3550 N. Jog Road) on May 12, 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Driv­ing stu­dents to school con­trib­utes to traf­fic con­ges­tion. Air pol­lu­tion and a lack of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity play a lead­ing role in ris­ing rates of obe­sity, di­a­betes and other health prob­lems among chil­dren. Be­ing able to bi­cy­cle or walk to school of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to build ac­tiv­ity into the daily rou­tine.

“The City is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing safer routes for bi­cy­cling and walk­ing,” said Muoio.“A mo­bil­ity study now un­der­way will help the City plan its fu­ture trans­porta­tion net­work. The City is also de­vel­op­ing a bi­cy­cle mas­ter plan to cre­ate a list of sug­ges­tions for bi­cy­cle im­prove­ments that can be ex­e­cuted over time.”

The City is send­ing bike­abil­ity au­dits to par­tic­i­pat­ing schools to bet­ter un­der­stand the qual­ity of the stu­dents’ bike routes, a rec­om­mended ac­tion that re­sulted from the re­cent Gehl study of the City.

The City is also ap­ply­ing for grants and de­vel­op­ing road­way im­prove­ment projects to make im­me­di­ate changes to en­able chil­dren and adults to more safely bi­cy­cle and walk in the com­mu­nity.

Heather Tri­bou, Devel­op­ment Ser­vices De­part­ment Se­nior Plan­ner , cau­tioned par­ents and care­givers to de­ter­mine “the bike­abil­ity of their com­mu­nity” and chil­dren to re­mem­ber to wear their bike hel­mets. “It’s im­por­tant to iden­tify any po­ten­tial chal­lenges and dan­gers to safe bi­cy­cling,” Tri­bou said.

Mo­torists were ad­vised to be ex­tra pa­tient and to slow down near these schools on their ‘Bike to School Day’ and ev­ery day.

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