Students at Study Elementary will receive pedestrian and bike safety lessons Friday, April 28, in preparation for Bike-to-School Day on May 10.
For the third consecutive year, Fort Wayne Community Schools is partnering with the City of Fort Wayne and Parkview Trauma Centers to celebrate National Bike-to-School Day. The event is also part of Kickstart Fort Wayne, a month-long community celebration of bikes, art, music and theater.
On Friday, Parkview Health’s trauma team will visit Study for bike safety presentations with fourth- and fifth-grade students at 1 and 2 p.m. Parkview Trauma Centers will also provide and fit helmets to students participating in Bike-to-School Day. Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of bicycle-related head injury by about 80 percent, but most bike riders do not wear helmets, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The safety lessons precedes National Bike-to-School Day on May 10. That day, Study students who walk or ride their bikes to school will be joined by Fort Wayne Police Bike Patrol Officers, FWCS officials, Fort Wayne City representatives and others to promote safely riding and walking to school.
In addition to teaching students how to travel safely and the importance of wearing a helment, the event is also designed to build awareness in the community that there are many children who walk and bike to school, and adult drivers must be aware and patient as students make their way to and from school.