Submitted by Healthy Bedford
Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
Walking or biking to School is an option to consider on almost any day, but event days are extra special. Families are encouraged to walk and bike to school.on their own or to join one of the special events that Healthy Bedford has planned for Massachusetts Walk Bike to School Day.
There will be a Celebratory Walk from the Lutheran Church parking lot to Davis School, led by school officials and volunteers beginning at 8:50 am.
There will be two events leading to Lane School: The Biking Train and the Walking School Bus
- The Biking Train will leave from Depot Park on Loomis Street at 7:30 am. It’s an approximately 2.0-mile ride via the Rail Trail that takes approximately 25 minutes, much of the ride is a fairly gentle uphill grade. This is an independent ride (helmets required) for students and parents. Volunteers including Mr. Ackerman and Mr. Kinney will help shepherd the riders along the way. For students choosing to ride both ways, a return Biking Train will leave Lane School at 1:15 pm for an approximately 15-minute trip to Depot Park for parent pick-up at 1:30 pm. Click this link to download/print a Biking Train route map
- The Walking School Bus will leave St. Paul’s parking lot on Pine Hill at 7:45 am. Chaperoned by a volunteer, it’s an approximately 1-mile walk along neighborhood roads to Lane School Click this link to download/print a Walking School Bus route map map
Other Lane School notes:
- The Middlesex Community College Overflow Lot connects to the Bike Trail and is a great drop off point for those who want a short (10 min) walk or quick bike ride to Lane but cannot walk/bike from their neighborhood! This is a great alternative to ease congestion (and stress) on the Lane campus!
- Students are welcome to ride one way if the school is notified, and parents/guardians are highly encouraged to join either ride.
Editor’s Note: Should inclement weather cancel Walk Bike to School Day events, The Bedford Citizen will share the announcement as soon as it’s available.
JGMS and BHS
As always, JGMS and BHS students are encouraged to Walk & Bike to School but no events are scheduled.
About Massachusetts Walk Bike to School Day
Hundreds of celebratory events will occur all over the state, with thousands of students and their families walking or riding their bikes to school. These events to help increase the visibility of walking and biking in Massachusetts while showcasing the benefits of active transportation in our community.
Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day is a statewide event organized by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS). Last year, the Commonwealth set a record with nearly 300 schools participating in events throughout the state.
Please visit www.bedfordma.gov/healthy-bedford for walking and biking route ideas, including 2 new maps/routes which illustrate popular routes students can walk or bike to Lane School.