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Bike to School Day set for May 23

on May 10, 2013 10:59 AM

The Indiana County commissioners, the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development, the Indiana Area School District, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana Borough and the Indiana County Sheriff’s Office are gearing up for Indiana County’s 14th annual Bike to School Day challenge on May 23.

Anyone interested in taking part in the event should report to the Indiana County Court House at 7:30 a.m.

May is National Bike Month. This year’s event will be held at the courthouse in Indiana. Indiana Regional Medical Center will provide a healthy breakfast for all those attending and door prizes will be drawn. At 8:15 a.m., the county commissioners, Indiana County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Borough Police, and teachers and administrators from the Indiana Area School District will lead cyclists from the courthouse to East Pike, Horace Mann, and Eisenhower elementary schools to promote the importance of physical activity, safety and health benefits that can be obtained by bicycling to school and work. Ben Franklin participants will ride to Eisenhower, then will be transported to school by bus.

The Bicycle and Walking Challenge, a featured part of this event, is a competition among Indiana Area schools and businesses to see who can get the most participants to walk or bike to work or school. Winning organizations receive a “roving” trophy that is held for a year and then passed to the new winners the following year.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Jeff Raykes, chief planner at the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, at (724) 465-3874 or Mike Travis, transportation and safety director in the Indiana Area School District, at (724) 463-8713.

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