Thousands of students across Michigan, from over 150 schools, participated in the third annual Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7.

Bike to School Day encourages a nationwide celebration for students and builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated nationally and internationally each October.

Today's event is organized by the Michigan Safe Routes to School program, which works to create new, safe routes for children to travel to and from school.

West Michigan schools participating include:

  • Caledonia: Kraft Meadows Middle
  • Fennville Elementary
  • Grand Rapids: Cesar Chevez Elementary, East Oakview Elementary, Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology, North Oakview Elementary, Northern Trails 5/6, and River City Scholars
  • Holland: Eagle Crest Charter Academy
  • Jenison: Early Childhood Center and Pinewood Elementary

"Bike to School Day events help raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity for children," said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

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