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Safe Route to SchoolStudents Across the Commonwealth Will Be Celebrating Massachusetts Walk and Bike To School Day on May 4th. Double knot those shoelaces, and pump up those tires as Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School day is fast approaching.

This is the 7th consecutive year for the Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day event and each year has been getting bigger and better than the last. The statewide event, hosted by MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, expects to see over 200 participating elementary and middle schools walking and biking to school across the Commonwealth. With more schools registering every day, it’s not too late for your school to participate. Visit MassDOT Safe Routes to School to sign up for the event.

Safe Route to School BikesWith over 730 partner schools across Massachusetts, SRTS works with communities of all different shapes and sizes. From rural to urban areas, SRTS assists schools all over the Commonwealth plan their events, and gather community support. SRTS works with all of these schools to help make their particular event customizable, as well as making sure that all students can be involved, regardless of their location to the school or their ability to walk or bike.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program works with students, parents, school staff, and local police departments across the Commonwealth to promote safe walking and bicycling to school through the five E’s: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, and Evaluation. Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day is a key component of the Encouragement aspect of our program, as it allows for students to put their learned safety skills to work and celebrate walking and bicycling to school as a fun and healthy form of transportation.

Thank you to our partner schools who have already registered, and for those who haven’t, you still have time. Visit mass.gov/massdot/saferoutes and click on the register link at the top of the page to sign up. We look forward to celebrating with you all next Wednesday, as we help make Massachusetts a healthier and greener place to live.

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