Date Published: 2013-04-08
Contact: Damon Hodge
Phone: (702) 385-6509
Title: Nevada Schoolchildren to Participate in 4th Annual Nevada Moves Day on Wednesday, April 24
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Gov. Brian Sandoval has designated April 24 as Nevada Moves Day. In commemoration, thousands of schoolchildren will celebrate the 4th Annual Nevada Moves Day by participating in organized events in which they will walk or ride their bicycles to school.
Walking and bicycling events are planned in Clark, Douglas, Elko, Lincoln, Lyon, Washoe and other counties. More than 110 schools statewide have committed to participate in Nevada Moves Day activities. Children who are not participating in organized Nevada Moves Day activities are encouraged to involve their families in walking or bicycling to school on April 24 as well as the entire school year.
“Whether as part of an organized event or not, Nevada Moves Day is an opportunity to help children learn more about pedestrian and bicycling safety,” said Bill Story, manager for NDOT’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Safe Routes to School program. “And, whether it’s for Nevada Moves Day or part of a daily routine, physical activity at an early age, such as walking or bicycling, helps reduce heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses. Plus, walking or biking to school can lessen up to 25 percent of morning rush hour traffic that results from children being driven to school.”
During Nevada Moves Day and every day, drivers should pay extra attention to children walking and bicycling to school and be increasingly mindful of reducing speeds and heeding various school start times. Motorists should only pass bicyclists when it is safe, with at least three feet of space between the bicycle and vehicle, and never overtake a vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians. Pedestrians and bicyclists should only cross streets when safe, and look both ways before and while crossing.
To learn about specific Nevada Moves Day events, please contact Tim Rowe, Nevada Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School coordinator, at (775) 888-7357 or Tim Rowe's e-mail address. Information is also available at Walk Nevada's website or Safe Routes to School website.