Students Take Part in Bike to School Day Despite Weather

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Wednesday is national Bike to School day and despite the fog, students at Thomas Harrison middle school are planning to participate in the event.

Wanda Willis with the Harrisonburg Fire Department said they will have the event rain or shine.

Willis said a big thing they want to get out is that with rain, fog and flooding, drivers need to be more careful.

To be safe, it is recommended that bike riders should wear reflective clothing.

There will be extra police officers out Wednesday morning to make sure that kids are safe, particularly at busy intersections near downtown.

People with the fire department and Safe Kids Central Shenandoah Valley will be out helping as well.

Kids will be biking from homes near intersections like East Market Street and North or South High Street.

Willis expects that the main time kids will be out will start at 7:15 a.m.

"We want kids out exercising and we want kids having fun, encouraging them to learn to ride their bike safely and to do it in a fun way. But we want parents to join them also. We've had so many parents tell us that walking and riding their bikes to school with the kids has become a great family adventure," said Willis.

Willis said when kids ride their bikes or walk, they also really pick up on things they can't normally see when they're riding in a car.

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