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5-4-22 — Woodland Celebrates National Bike to School Day

May 4, 2022 ~ Not even a little rain could stop students, families and staff at Woodland Elementary School from celebrating National Bike to School Day this spring.

On May 4, more than 80 bikers from the Woodland community biked to school, joining districts across the nation to raise awareness around the need for safe bicycling and walking routes, as well as emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment.

Bikers were greeted by celebratory music provided by students in the Olathe North High School band, and received stickers, books and information about safe bicycling. Bike helmets were also given away.

“We are excited to finally celebrate National Bike to School Day with our Woodland community,” said Stacy Shipley, principal. “This event has been two years in the making, as the pandemic stopped us in our ‘tracks.’ Biking to school has been a significant challenge for our community, as most of our families live on the east side of the nearby railroad tracks. Needless to say, this is going to be a BIG event for our school community!”

Woodland's Bike to School day event was the result of a partnership between Woodland Elementary, Safe Kids Johnson County and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and was made possible thanks to support from sponsors AIG Investments, BikeWalkKC and Buddy Pegs.