Colorado schools participate in Bike to School Day

It's Bike to School Day, and schools here in the Denver Metro area are taking part.

DENVER - Students across Colorado are skipping the bus and participating in National Bike to School Day on Wednesday. 

Nearly 100 schools across the state and more than 1,500 schools across the country are participating in the event, according to CDOT.

Denver Public Schools plans to hold events for students and parents to get kids excited about exercise.

Students at Steele Elementary School say they enjoy riding bikes to school because it helps  with pollution. Megan Rimkus says she rides to school three times a month. She says "it helps reduce pollution and before school it helps kids get their exercise." She says it helps kids not be 'super crazy' in class.

Megan's schoolmate, Dylan Savage says he'll ride to school regularly with his friends or himself or his sisters. He echoes Megan's feelings -- saying it's fun and it's exercise.

"I would recommend it, especially if you live quite close because it's really fun, it's exercise...you reduce pollution, and you know it's just really fun, it feels good to get your body moving."

Southmoor Elementary school students started the day two blocks down the road from their school -- and held a bike parade that ended with healthy snacks at the school.

P.E. teacher, Joseph Bazzanella, says it's an opportunity for kids to be active. 

"The overall message is always to be healthy, to be active, to be healthy, (it's) great for overall health, for social skills, great for self-esteem especially in the morning.  When kids start active in the morning, it jump starts them for the day, so it's a wonderful thing."

Southmoor Elementary was lucky to get its bike to school activity in before any weather moved in, Lincoln Elementary was forced to postpone this afternoon due to potential thunderstorms. 

DPS is reminding walkers, bikers and drivers to be aware of your surroundings.

For tips on bike safety, go to: http://bit.ly/2pdQsXB

 

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