Every year, Indianapolis leaders strive
to make our city more bike-friendly. In honor of National Bike Month, many of
our students put their pedals to the pavement for a fun ride to school!


May is National Bike Month, a
coast-to-coast celebration of two-wheeled transportation sponsored by the League
of American Bicyclists
since 1956. Many
schools across IPS take part in Bike to School Day,
 which promotes the health benefits of cycling while reminding students of
the importance of bike safety.


Dozens of students, staff and families
from Center
for Inquiry School 27
participated in
Bike to School Day, and this year’s event was part of a bigger initiative for
the CFI 27 community. The school received a National
Safe Routes to School
grant in
partnership with the City of Indianapolis to create an enhanced pathway for
students to walk and bike to school.


“We have about 12 students who bike to
school regularly and a lot of walkers,” said Parent Involvement Educator
Jaicelyn Eanes-Moffitt, “but the Safe Routes to Schools plan will help us to
increase safety and awareness as we promote more students joining those bikers
and walkers.”


Bike to School Day was a total community
affair at CFI 27. Students and their families biked from three locations – the
Monon Trail, The Foundry and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. They were joined
by celebrity cyclists Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indiana Pacers’ mascot Boomer!
Indianapolis Indians’ mascot Rowdie joined the CFI 27 cheerleaders at school to
welcome riders at the end of their journey.


“Biking to school is a wonderful way to
stay healthy,” Mayor Hogsett told students. “I know that you are emphasizing
good health at CFI 27. I am glad to be here. It’s such a historic school, it’s
such an important school, it’s a very special place that you all go to school.”


We are so glad to see
a great turnout of bikers at CFI 27, and we look forward to increased options
for our young riders and walkers through the Safe Paths to School program!