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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2012

Dobbs Elementary to celebrate inaugural National Bike to School Day on May 8

The City of Kansas City, Mo.’s Active Living KC initiative has teamed up with Dobbs Elementary School and the Hickman Mills School District to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Tuesday, May 8, along with other schools nationwide.

Approximately 300 students will ride or walk to school Tuesday along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of 93rd Street and James A. Reed Road. Bicyclists and walkers will arrive at the school at 9 a.m.

This year marks the first-ever National Bike to School Day. This event encourages a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections among families, schools and the broader community.

The event is organized by Active Living KC , with support from the Hickman Mills School District. Active Living KC has been working with the Hickman Mills School District to improve conditions for walking and biking to school. This includes the installation of a bike rack at all eight Hickman Mills elementary schools.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Ashley Winchell, safer routes manager, at 816-457-7631 or ashley.winchell@kcmo.org, or visit www.walkbiketoschool.org or www.saferoutesinfo.org.

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