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Safe Routes to School Walk and Bike Day 2016Thousands of elementary and middle school students all over the Commonwealth walked and rode their bikes to school in celebration of the 7th Annual Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day. Nearly 300 schools participated in the event.

“It’s encouraging to see so many communities and children participate in Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Inspiring students to walk or bike to school can have lifelong impacts on the health of our children and Massachusetts as a whole.”

Last year, a record 277 schools across Massachusetts participated in Walk and Bike to School Day, this year close to 300 schools registered events. This is in line with the growth of the Safe Routes to School Program, which has hosted almost 600 walk and bike to school events this 2015-2016 academic year.

“MassDOT is pleased that we can provide resources, like the Safe Routes to School Program to communities statewide, so they can participate in these special events,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Stephanie Pollack. “It’s important for us to encourage safe roadway use as well as the benefits of healthy and active transportation options. We hope that by holding events such as Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day, students will become adults who will make safe and green transportation choices in the future.”

MassDOT’s Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program works with elementary and middle schools across Massachusetts to encourage students to walk or bike to school by promoting the many health and environmental benefits of these activities, while at the same time educating students on how to be safe.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, with funds from the Federal Highway Administration, promotes safer routes for students to get to school by fostering partnerships between advocacy groups, law enforcement, education leaders, and public health departments. The program currently serves over 730 schools in more than 190 communities across the Commonwealth.

Learn more by visiting Massachusetts Safe Routes to School on the web.

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