JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Thursday, dozens of students biked to school as part of an effort to make area roads safer.
"Jacksonville Walk/Bike to School Day" was organized in conjunction with a visit from the organization "Ride America for Safe Routes." They are biking 5,000 miles from Key West to San Francisco to raise awareness of bike safety issues. The team stopped in Jacksonville Wednesday evening and rode with students this morning before resuming their trip across the country.
"Kids are the future," explained Jeanie Ward-Waller, organizer of "Ride America for Safe Routes. "So educating kids about how to bike safely and how to be safe on the roads and educating everyone to be safe in the presence of kids is very important."
The Bike/Walk to School event started at Open Road Bicycles on Hendricks Avenue. The students and their parents then made their way to Julia Landon College Preparatory Middle School on Thacker Avenue.