Bike To Work Day Friday, May 20

Published on Thu, May 19, 2011 by Tara Nelson

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The 14th annual Bike To Work And School Day in Whatcom County is Friday, May 20.

Dan Persse, elementary physical education instructor for Blaine elementary school, said Blaine teachers will host a celebration station from 5:30 to 9 a.m. at the corner of H and Mitchell streets.

Coffee and treats will be donated by Blackberry House Café. Gift items and prizes will be provided by Everybody Bike, a bicycle program by the non-profit Whatcom Smart Trips.

“We’re trying to encourage people to bike to work and school safely for the benefits of being physically active and going green,” Persse said.

Persse also emphasized the need for bicyclists to follow the same rules of the road as motorists do. “For general bike safety, we encourage people to walk against traffic and ride with traffic,” Persse said. “Bicyclists are also not allowed to ride on the crosswalks and because they are considered vehicles, they need to follow the same rules of the road as motorists do.
“And wear a helmet. Ninety percent of all bicycle injuries are related to not wearing a helmet.”

For more information, call 360/671-BIKE or visit the website: www.biketoworkandschoolday.org.