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Whittier Elementary students in Northeast Kansas City to participate in National Bike to School Day

Community leaders, including Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Steve Green, are expected to gather Wednesday morning with children and their parents at Harmony Park for a bike ride to nearby Whittier Elementary School. The event is part of National Bike to School Day.
Community leaders, including Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Steve Green, are expected to gather Wednesday morning with children and their parents at Harmony Park for a bike ride to nearby Whittier Elementary School. The event is part of National Bike to School Day. .

The Northeast area is the perfect neighborhood — with a lot of kids and neighborhood schools — for students in Kansas City Public Schools to participate in National Bike to School Day.

Students at Whittier Elementary School are to join other kids nationwide on Wednesday for the bicycle event. “The event is rain or shine,” Joe Blankenship with BikeWalkKC said on Tuesday.

School Superintendent Steve Green, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and City Hall representatives are expected to gather with parents, students and teachers at 7 a.m. Wednesday at Harmony Park at 10th Street and Bellefontaine Avenue to bike and walk a few blocks to the school at 1012 Bales Ave.

At Whittier Elementary, people will encounter a joyful environment with healthy food offerings and the opportunity for students to win prizes for taking part in the National Bike to School Day.

BikeWalkKC with the city and school district installed the school’s first bicycle rack ahead of the event. The Local Investment Commission, or LINC, also held an after-school bicycling event and had a helmet fitting for students.

Whittier, Attucks, Garfield, Garcia, Gladstone and James elementary schools in the Northeast area participate in the Safe Routes to School Program, highlighting the need for safe and active transportation such as walking and biking to and from school. In a prepared statement, the district says active transportation improves student health, creates positive walking and biking environments, reduces traffic, lowers carbon dioxide emissions around the schools and helps create a safer environment for kids.

Kansas City Public Schools is working with LINC, BikeWalkKC and other community partners to make the event possible. For information on Kansas City’s Safe Routes to Schools initiative go to www.bikewalkkc.org/saferoutes.

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