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Date Published: 2010-04-26

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: Nevada School Children to Participate in Nevada Moves Day

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School children across the state will be traveling to school by foot and bicycle on April 28 as part of the first annual Nevada Moves Day.

The statewide event was proclaimed by Governor Gibbons, with walking and bicycling to school events planned across Nevada.

There are more than 32 schools participating in Nevada Moves Day in seven counties across Nevada. Nevada Moves Day events will take place in Washoe County, Clark County, Carson City, Lincoln County, Nye County and Douglas County.

“Exercise at an early age, such as walking or bicycling to school, can reduce heart disease, diabetes and more,” NDOT State Safe Routes to School Coordinator Rebecca Kapuler said. “Walking or biking to school can also help reduce morning rush hour traffic involving children being driven to school.”

Other benefits of Nevada Moves Day include teaching safe walking and bicycling skills to children, discussing concerns for the environment, reducing traffic-related congestion and air pollution near schools, and connecting families, schools and community leaders.

Parents and children are encouraged to discuss safe walking and bicycling practices and to plan walking and bicycling activities, whether as part of an organized event or not. Motorists are also reminded to follow reduced speed controls in school zones and watch for children walking and bicycling to school. Drivers should only pass bicyclists when it is legal and safe for both driver and bicyclist, and should never overtake/pass another vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians.