WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – All White Plains elementary and middle schools are participating in the second annual National Walk/Bike to School Day Wednesday.
The event was created to help build awareness of the need for a safe walking and cycling environment for students and the community, in addition to the health benefits of staying active.
Many schools have meeting places to start the walk/bike route. Highlands Middle School students will meet at 7 a.m. at Druss Park on South Lexington Avenue and Prospect Street. George Washington Elementary School students will meet at 8:10 a.m. at the Capitol One Bank on the corner of N. Broadway and Brookdale. Superintendent of White Plains School Chris Clouet and Mayor Thomas Roach will join in on the walk.
“The success of the second annual National Bike to School Day illustrates just how many communities understand the importance of providing students with safe, healthy and active options for their trip to school,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “At DOT, we’re helping communities do just that by supporting livable neighborhoods, building new bike paths, and opening up more bike share programs.”
White Plains introduced bikes lanes on Lexington Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Water Street, creating a loop connecting the residential areas of the city to the downtown area, train station and Bronx River path.
The city is the first to do so in Westchester County, and plans to create more bike lanes starting in 2013.
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