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National Bike to School Day

(May 4, 2022) Students, families, and staff from Francis Parker School No. 23 took the classroom into the community by participating in National Bike to School Day.  The ride started at 8:15 a.m. from two different locations; the Rochester Museum and Science Center and Cobbs Hill Park.  The ride ended at School No. 23 with hot chocolate and donuts on a rainy day! 

“Lots of people bike from home,” said Adrian Martin, a parent of students at School No. 23.  “The idea is to get a little exercise, they are more awake and better ready to engage at school.  My own child bikes to school no matter the weather.  It gives students a feeling of control and autonomy; it really helps them feel like they are growing up.”  

The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off the energy of National Bike Month.

This event supports the District’s efforts to provide schools with Expanded Learning opportunities.  Members of the Rochester Police Department joined bikers in the ride while also providing a police escort.