WHEREAS, on May 4, 2016 thousands of students all across Michigan will pedal their way to school. These students will be participating in a nation-wide celebration of biking, health and alternative modes of transportation; and,
WHEREAS, May is National Bike Month, which includes National Bike to Work Week held on May 15-20. In conjunction with these designations, schools across Michigan work to encourage and educate students to be lifelong bicyclists and safe road users; and,
WHEREAS, biking to school, work and for leisure has an overall positive impact on health, wellness, and the environment. In general, students are healthier and more attentive, traffic is less congested and bussing costs are reduced in schools that continually participate in Safe Routes to School programs; and,
WHEREAS, Bike to School Day is supported by the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan Fitness Foundation, and finds additional support in many non-profits, including the League of Michigan Bicyclists;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2016 as Bike to School Day in Michigan.