Local Students Celebrate Bike and Pedestrian Safety Day

HARRISONBURG, Va.-- On Tuesday, many kids at Stone Spring Elementary School in Harrisonburg will walk or ride their bikes to school. It is a way for schools to celebrate bike safety month, while learning how to ride safely.

Lynn Sprouse is the Principal of Stone Spring Elementary School. He said, Peach Grove Street, in front of the school, can be a busy street to cross.

Currently, students cannot walk or bike to school without their parents, because it is so dangerous. By expanding the sidewalks, hundreds of families will be able to let their kids walk or bike to school.

The school got 250,000 dollars from the grant Safer Routes to School, to expand the sidewalks and put up a spotlight going into the school.

The goal is to have the work done by 2015.

The Principal of the school said, he used to drive his kids to school and says this new path will make a big difference.

"When my kids went to school here, the safety of this street has always been a concern, not just for biking or walking to school but for something that helps our families come in and out of the school property," said Sprouse.

The hope is today's bike safety event will be a jumping off point to talk more about safety.

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