Many of you know of and participate in “Walk n’ Roll Wednesday.” This program, supported by Healthy Central Florida, encourages students, and their parents, to chose an active commute to school. From foot, to bike, to skateboard, to scooter, Walk n’ Roll results in more eyes and fewer cars on our streets, making our students, families, and communities safer and healthier. Bonus, studies show students who are active are better able to learn and concentrate.
Modeled after Walk n’ Roll Wednesday, Healthy Central Florida is launching Bike to Work Fridays – weekly ride-to-work day. And you’re invited! This is an excellent opportunity to model healthy behaviors for your children. Discuss the similarities between Walk n’ Roll Wednesday and Bike to Work Fridays with your children, share biking tips, discuss challenges, and brainstorm opportunities to overcome those challenges. Use these programs as a reason to take a weekend family bike ride. This can be the perfect catalyst for healthy family activities during this holiday season.
There are additional benefits — participating in Bike to Work Fridays not only provides a healthy role model for your children, but it can save you time by forfeiting those early morning and late night gym sessions. In fact, 60 minutes of biking at a leisurely pace can burn up to 300 calories.
Biking can also help save the environment and saves you money on gas and parking. Grant Petersen, founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works said, “Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.”Additional information about Bike to Work Friday, including a Personal Bike Escort service can be found on Healthy Central Florida’s website. Take a look, you may even win one of their handsome orange “Bike to Work” day shirts.