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350 Bike, Walk and Roll to School for Bike to School Week

Serpentine Elementary families biking to school

May 29, 2014

Surrey, BC – More than 350 students, parents and staff from Serpentine Elementary, biked, walked and rolled to school yesterday in celebration of Bike to School Week, May 26 – 30. Accompanied by City staff and police officers on bikes, the group paraded along 161 Street from the greenway to the school where breakfast was awaiting.

“Encouraging students to cycle and walk to school is about creating a healthy and more vibrant city,” said City of Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts. “As a City, we are building approximately 12 kilometres of bike lanes and greenways this year and events such as this help to promote cycling as a viable alternative to driving our kids to school.”

The Serpentine Elementary event was led by Hub for Active School Travel (HASTe) in partnership with the City of Surrey, TravelSmart, HUB cycling coalition and the Surrey RCMP.

“Riding a bicycle is the perfect way for kids to be active, help the environment and have a lot of fun on the way to and from school. Riding to school builds regular physical activity into the daily routine, providing a strong foundation for a healthy lifestyle and a lifelong love of cycling,” said Kerry Hamilton, Community Programs Manager, HASTe.

Serpentine Heights Elementary School is currently participating in the City’s Safe and Active Schools Program, which aims to improve road safety near schools through training, education and infrastructure improvements, thereby promoting cycling, walking and wheeling to school. Principal Caroline Matthews is a strong supporter; inspired by her students who bike and walk to school, she cycled 15 km to school in support of the event.

“Children who walk or cycle to school are happier, more alert and tend to have better concentration in class. Kids love being active when given the opportunity,” said Principal Matthews.

The City has teamed up with TravelSmart to deliver School Travel Planning, which is facilitated by HASTe. The program brings community stakeholders together—school staff, PAC members, the Surrey RCMP, Fraser Health and others—to develop a plan for increasing the number of students who walk and bike to school. At some schools, the number of children walking and cycling to school has increased by as much as 27% as a result. For more info www.surrey.ca/transportation

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For program information:                                             For interview requests:
Jaime Boan                                                                 Oliver Lum
Manager, Transportation                                             Communications Manager, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey, 604-591-4514                                    City of Surrey 604-591-4519