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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Bike to School Day

Rice County Public Health is announcing that May is Bike Month! A few events happening during Bike Month are Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9, Bike to Work Week May 14-18, Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18 and Bike to the Library Week May 14-May 19. Look for other bicycle events around Rice County during the month of May!

Physical activity is associated with improved academic performance in children and adolescents. Local schools know this and will be participating in Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9. Organized rides are scheduled in Faribault for Roosevelt Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary and in Northfield for Greenvale Park Elementary. Watch for school communications about each individual event.

Don’t forget to ride your bicycle to Buckham Memorial Library any day during Bike to the Library Week May 14-May 19. Stop at the front desk and show staff your helmet and you'll receive a free gift. If you forget to bring your own bike lock, borrow one from the library!

Since 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, this makes bicycling a feasible and fun way to commute. Walking and biking are healthy, sustainable, economic transportation options.

Rice County Public Health and the Rice County Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) support more kids and adults walking and bicycling to school and work more often - through infrastructure improvements, education and promotional activities. If you are interested in seeing more walking and biking opportunities in your school, business or community, contact Josh Ramaker at 507-332-5911 or

Josh Ramaker, SHIP Coordinator, 507-332-5911
Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director, (507) 332-6111
Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator, (507) 332-6121

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