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National Bike to School Day

I took my lunch hour at work early today so that I could go for a bike ride this morning because today is National Bike to School Day.  And on this morning’s bike ride I rode to Lincoln Park, located at 13th and East Capitol Streets (MAP) in D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, to attend a party to kick off the day.  Billed as an annual “party on wheels,” there were hundreds of students and their parents at this year’s event, which included fun activities, breakfast snacks of fresh fruit and granola bars, and a performance by the jazz dancers from Brent and Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan.

The event also included remarks from Councilmember Charles Allen, Department of Energy Director Tommy Wells, Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez, and D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.  However, I don’t think the children were as interested in the remarks of the visiting politicians and officials as they were in the activities and the food. 

In coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month, the first National Bike to School Day was celebrated on May 9, 2012.  For the inaugural event there were close to 1,000 local events in 49 states and D.C. that joined together and encouraged children to safely ride a bike or walk to school.  By 2013 there were more than 1,700 schools in all 50 states and the D.C. participating in events which took place throughout the month.  Celebrated annually, the day necessarily varies from year to year in order for it to fall on an actual school day.

This morning’s ride and the party an Lincoln Park brought to mind a quote of the American novelist Tom Robbins, who said, “You’re never too old to have a happy childhood.”  This morning’s ride made me feel that the statement is true.  And it was particularly relevant inasmuch I am another year older today.  It’s my birthday.

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