- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Students across North Carolina are being encouraged to ditch the cars, skip the bus and ride their bicycles to school.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says families, elected officials and community members are celebrating National Bike To School Day on Wednesday, a part of National Bike Month. It provides an opportunity for communities in North Carolina and nationwide to celebrate safe and active transportation and raise awareness to changes necessary to make bicycling safer.

A news release from NCDOT said the growing popularity of Bike to School Day is due to Active Routes to School, a partnership between the department and the N.C. Division of Public Health. Ten regional coordinators are working to make it easier for elementary and middle school students to safely bike and walk to school.

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