Brentwood Celebrates National Bike to School Day
The City of Brentwood and officers from the Brentwood Police Department Bicycle Patrol unit joined students from Williamson County and others around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on May 8, 2019.
Bike Walk Brentwood, led by Richard Hunter, organized a ‘bike train’ to ride from various neighborhoods along Granny White Pike to Brentwood Middle School. “A bike train is a parent as an engine and a parent as a caboose to go around a pre-determined route in a neighborhood to collect kids and ride to school,” Hunter explained.
Brentwood Officer Billy Townsend and Officer Josh Wickwire were available to provide extra safety to students who don’t normally bike to school. “We want to help encourage the student and provide a little extra safety in case kids had questions about crossing rules and other rules of the road,” Officer Wickwire explained.
Bike to School Day encourages a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.
Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.