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Portland Press Herald – Walk & Bike to School Day

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Caution: Kids biking to school Wednesday

Tuesday October 02, 2012 | 02:07 PM

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine does plenty of good for cyclists in the state and on Wednesday morning commuters will see just one of the ways the organization gets kids interested in traveling on two wheels.

Oct. 3 is International Walk & Bike to School Day, an event that more than 150 Maine schools have participated in since 2001.

Many children will get to school via “bike trains” on Wednesday (groups cycling with adult supervision) making it even more crucial than usual for drivers to be alert on the roadways.

“Each year, more and more schools in Maine are involved in encouraging kids to begin the habit of walking and biking safely to school, helping to build these important life skills for an entire generation,” said Nancy Grant, executive director of the BCM.

BCM and the Maine Department of Transportation operate the federally funded Safe Routes to School Program, helping local communities improve safety while encouraging walking and biking.

Click here for a list of communities participating in walk and bike to school events.