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Nampa: Students, community plan special bicycle, walking events

Nampa celebrates National Bike Month with two Safe Routes to School biking and walking to school events and an evening community bicycle ride.

Ronald Reagan Elementary students will walk and bike to school Wednesday, May 14, which is also National Bike to School Day. Students will meet at a nearby park walk or bike approximately one-half mile to school where they will be greeted with breakfast and prizes.

Birch Elementary students will meet at a nearby church and walk just under a mile on May 16 where the PTO and staff will serve breakfast and beverages to the students. Mayor Bob Henry is scheduled to join the students for this event.

Mayor Henry also will participate in a short community ride from City Hall to Downtown on Wednesday evening. All skill levels are welcome to join the ride, which leaves City Hall at 6 p.m. After the ride, the group will meet in Downtown for refreshments and conversation.

National Bike to School events are intended to raise awareness of the need to create a safer environment for walking and biking for our students, according to Nampa Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Kristi Watkins. It also emphasizes the importance of increasing physical activity, increasing safety, reducing traffic congestion and recognizing a concern for the environment.

Helmets are required for any child choosing to participate by riding their bike to school. Drivers who travel near schools are reminded to watch out for children biking and walking to and from school each day, Watkins said.

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