Bike to School Day is May 10th

May 8th, 2017 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Live Well Omaha Kids encourages children and their families to participate in National Bike to School Day on May 10th. Biking is one way for kids to meet the recommended one hour of physical activity a day from the 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® Healthy Kids Countdown. Can’t celebrate on the 10th? Give it a try anytime this month! Our guest blogger, Madison Haugland of Live Well Omaha and Partners for Healthy Schools, gives tips on how to plan for your bike to school.

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Photo credit: Kate Sommer | The Bike Union

Did you know May is “Bike Month”? Why not build off the momentum of Bike Month and celebrate Bike to School Day on May 10?! So, why is biking (or walking) to school important? We at Live Well Omaha believe Active Transportation is one of the best ways to get those recommended 30 minutes of physical activity into your day. And yes, walking or biking to school is active transportation! It doesn’t matter where you go, it just matters that you’re using your body to get there. Studies show that the more kids move the better learners they are. And by walking or biking to school, kiddos brains should be all warmed up for a full day of learning!

The League of American Bicyclists recommends going over the following safety tips before heading out for a ride:

  1. Always wear a helmet and make sure it fits properly.
    • The helmet should sit flat on your head.
    • You should have two fingers distance between your helmet and eyebrows.
    • The straps should make a “V” beneath your ears.
    • Always buckle the strap and make sure you can fit two fingers snugly between your chin and the strap.
  2. Make sure shoes are tied and loose pants are rolled up or gathered to keep out of the chain.
  3. Always check your “ABCs” before every ride:
    • A is for Air – Check your tires for air – if they’re squishy or flat pump them up to the tire pressure listed in the tire.
    • B is for Brakes – Check to see brakes are in working order – if you have hand brakes walk with bike and press on each brake testing them. If you have a coaster brake, ride in your driveway or sidewalk to test if it works.
    • C is for Crank, Chain, and Cassette – Look over drive train to make sure chain is attached and nothing is lodged in the cassette. These are the parts that make your bike go and are very important.

      Photo credit: Kate Sommer | The Bike Union

  4. When crossing streets make sure to do the following every time:
    • Stop.
    • Look left, right, and left again for cars, bikes and other folks on the road.
    • Listen for cars – you might not see them, but you can probably hear them coming.
    • Cross safely!
    • If you’re turning, practice using your hand signals to let others know which direction you’re going. Left hand straight out for a left turn and right hand straight out for a right turn.
  5. For more tips on hosting a Bike to School Day event, check out

Bike to School Day events can show kids and parent how easy it is to do this healthy habit. Just trying it once can open your eyes to a world of opportunity!

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