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A week of special events has encouraged students in Newton to get on their bikes and ride to school.
Cycling to school was a rare occurrence at Newton, Dr. F.D. Sinclair and W.E. Kinvig elementary schools in the fall, but following Bike to School Week at the end of May the number of bikes seen at each school was 123, 45 and 30 respectively.
“Many elementary schools in Surrey are perfect for biking to school,” says Tracy Blagdon, energy management and sustainability manager for the Surrey school district and a member of the school travel planning stakeholder group in Surrey.
“We hope events like Bike to School Week, combined with City of Surrey efforts to improve cycling safety and provide more transportation options, will encourage more parents and students to walk, bike or roll to school more often.”
Bike to School Week is a free campaign organized by HUB Cycling and HASTe BC, and includes special events, planning kits and prizes for participating schools. It coincides with Bike to Work Week across BC, and promotes biking to school to kids and parents an alternative to driving.