Students at Bloomingdale get Ready for Bike-to-School Day - April 30, 2018

Record Number: 17130
Displayed from: Apr 30, 2018 , until: Jun 30, 2018

Students at Bloomingdale Elementary will receive pedestrian and bike safety lessons Tuesday, May 1, in preparation for Bike-to-School Day on May 9.

Fort Wayne Community Schools is partnering with the Fort Wayne Police Department and Parkview Trauma Centers to make sure students are ready 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.

At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bike Patrol Officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department will talk to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Bloomingdale about bike safety. 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 9. That day, Bloomingdale 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 helmet, 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.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.