National Bike to School Day 2018 in Delmar
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DELMAR — Local schools joined thousands across the country to partake in National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9.
The Capital District Transportation Committee supplied participating schools with posters, key chains, safety vests and more, as a means of coaxing area children to get out and ride.
Hundreds of children and parents were witnessed biking to Hamagrael Elementary School on Wednesday morning. The Delmar primary school had earned the Wheel of Knowledge trophy last year for having 325 participants, the most for any Albany County school. This year, school buses usually full with students, were observed having only a few passengers as they rolled to the front of the school.
More students from Slingerlands Elementary and Bethlehem Middle School participated.
National Bike to School Day is intended to empower families to encourage children to bike or walk to school. It is also intended to stimulate local agencies to create safe environments to allow for such activities. According to walkbiketoschool.org, more than 3,000 school participated in the event in 2017.
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Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.