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National Bike to School Day raises awareness to bike safety

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TOLEDO, OH (WNWO) - Toledo Public Schools encouraged students, staff, and parents to join with others across the nation in riding their bikes today.

It's recommended that kids get 60 minutes of exercise each day, so out here at Larchmont Elementary School, many kids took the opportunity to ride their bikes to school and even get a free breakfast

"They spend a lot of time on computers and on their Iphones and Ipads," explains Jenny Hansen, Safe Route to Schools Coordinator for Toledo. "So they're not outside playing as often. They are aren't getting as much recess."

At Larchmont Elementary School, kids who biked to school were rewarded with snacks and small prizes. It's all part of "National Bike to School Day." But organizers say it's not just about exercise for the students. It's also a lesson in safety.

Dr. Romulus Durant, Superintendent for Toledo Public Schools, said, "You konw, that everyday is a natural routine that they can exercise their body, their mind, and prepare them for school. But at the same time, safety is priority and number one. Whether it's: wearing your helmet. How do you cross streets? Looking both ways. Keeping an eye on cars."

Children weren't the only ones learning. Parent's were also schooled on what they can do to help keep kids safe.

"The most important thing is to keep your eyes on the road," added Hansen. "Stay alert during those peek hours when kids are walking and biking. Stop in those pedestrian cross walks. Drive slow through the school speed zone. And just be aware that kids are out there and they're not as good at being aware as adults can."

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