FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Students in Fort Wayne dodged rain drops early Wednesday to ride their bikes to school as part of Bike-to-School Day.
Nearly 50 students from Forest Park Elementary rode their bikes to school on Wednesday with a escort by Fort Wayne police. Concordia Lutheran High School also planned to participate in the event but cancelled for weather.
“We are excited to participate in Bike-to-School Day,” Forest Park Principal Diamond Robinson said. “During the safety presentations we learned that only a few students already had bike helmets at home. We want the students to be safe at all times, and the lessons they have learned as part of Bike-to-School Day will help keep them safe as they walk and ride in their neighborhoods.”
Bike-to-School Day in Fort Wayne was presented by Fort Wayne Community Schools, the City of Fort Wayne and Parkview Health. The event was part of Kickstart Fort Wayne, a month-long community celebration of bikes, art, music and theater.
It hit home for the Forest Park students, who in April were visited by Parkview Health’s trauma team who spoke to students about bike safety and provided bike helmets for fourth- and fifth-grade students. A representative from the City of Fort Wayne Planning Department also met with students to talk about additional safe biking and walking strategies and the best routes to get to school if they are not in a vehicle.
In addition to teaching students how to travel safely, the event was also designed to build awareness in the community that there are additional children on the roads traveling to and from school, officials said.
Temporary bike racks were provided by the city at participating schools for students to park their bikes.