School Division hosts first Safe Routes to School Bike Night
Posted on 06/20/2019
Dr. Walts and students receiving  their bikes

Bike Night 2019 was in full swing before the sun had set for the day at the Kelly Leadership Center. Prince William County Schools students, joined by their families, began receiving their free bikes as they dined and celebrated at the School Division’s first Safe Routes to School Bike Night. Yes, free bikes, all 48 of them, and these are not your run-of-the-mill retail store bikes either. They were nicely appointed BMX bikes at a cost of over $300 each.

To have a chance at winning a bike, students participated in this year’s National Bike to School Day, which was held on May 8. Students from 21 schools participated and were entered in a drawing in which two students were selected from each school. In addition, two students earned a bike by winning a countywide essay competition. The essays were scored by a panel of staff in the School Division’s Office of Student Learning.

Bike Connection Bike Shop and Rocket South BMX provided the bikes at a reduced cost. This event was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

VDOT’s Safe Routes to School is an initiative that promotes a healthy lifestyle through sponsoring activities that encourage physical activity. International Walk to School Day in the fall and National Bike to School Day in the spring are two events supported by the initiative

Kelly Gardner, supervisor of student activities, said, “We experienced over a sixty percent growth in activity from 2018 and hope for the growth to continue. LET’s GET OUT and RIDE.”