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San Francisco Hosts Largest Bike-to-School Event in the Country!

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Denman Middle School Bike Club and Eco Club get ready to Bike & Roll to School from Excelsior Playground.

April 18-22 2016, San Francisco was host to the largest bike-to-school event in the country.  At least 3,000 students rolled to school by bicycle, scooter, or skateboard, led by almost as many biking parents and teachers. Thousands more celebrated the day with active transportation in the form of walking or taking the city bus to school.  Bike & Roll to School Week started in 2009 as just a single day at a handful of elementary schools. The event is now celebrated across the city for five days at 83 schools from pre-school through high school.

On April 19, over a hundred students congregated at the Bike, Walk & Roll to School Hub at Excelsior Playground to have a healthy snack and celebration before their bike, walk and roll to James Denman Middle School, Monroe Elementary, Cleveland Elementary and SF Community School. SF Community School’s middle school bike elective class led the bike train. Students, families and staff from these four neighborhood schools have been building the excitement for Bike & Roll to School Week in weekly Tuesday morning meet-ups since December.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition organized San Francisco’s Bike & Roll to School Week events as part of the SF Safe Routes to School Program with additional support from the Metta Fund. The Excelsior Bike, Walk & Roll Hub is an initiative of Excelsior Collaborative Community Action Grant. PODER’s bicis del pueblo program at SF Community is funded through the SF Parks Alliance.