Pico Rivera Safe Routes to School offers Citywide Bike Festival

On June 21st, the City of Pico Rivera will kick off summer with a community-wide Bike Safety Festival for children of all ages. The free festival will include bike skills courses, helmet fitting, bike maintenance, group bike rides, and bike crafts. A limited number of loaner bikes and helmets – under 20 – will be available, so residents are encouraged to bring their own.  The festival will be held from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Student Services parking lot at 9426 Marjorie Street. Helmets are required for children to participate in on-bike activities.
The festival is an element of the Safe Routes to School Program, a partnership of the City of Pico Rivera and the El Rancho Unified School District (ERUSD). Since Fall 2013, the Program has included all ERUSD elementary and middle schools, with a goal of supporting students in walking and bicycling more safely to school. Fun and educational events have been underway all year, with more planned for next year.   
Many activities centered on Walk and Roll to School Day and National Bike Month. Burke Middle School ASB students organized three Walking School Buses. Magee Elementary School raffled a bicycle to Walk and Roll to School Day participants. Valencia Elementary School saw a significant reduction in morning traffic congestion around school.  According to South Ranchito Elementary School's event organizer, Claudia Villaseñor, "we experienced such a noticeable reduction in traffic that parents are hoping to have weekly Walk and Roll to School Days in the 2014-2015 school year."

The Pico Rivera Safe Routes to School program is made possible by a two year federal Safe Routes to School grant. Anticipated outcomes include safer conditions for student walkers and bicyclists, reduced school zone traffic congestion, safer parent driving, increased physical activity, and improved student health. The National Safe Routes to School movement aims to reverse the plummeting rates of student walking and bicycling over the last three decades. 

For questions about Pico Rivera Safe Routes to School, contact Christina Gallagher at 562-801-4332 or cgallagher@pico-rivera.org.