Bike to School Day stresses safety, activity at Auburn Elementary

By: Andrew Westrope, Staff Writer
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Students wheeled into Auburn Elementary School on Wednesday, participating in a national Bike to School Day event hosted by Safe Kids Placer County as part of National Bike Month. 
Volunteers with local law enforcement agencies greeted the students with reflectors and safety information, then raffled off eight new helmets to students who brought their bikes. 
The school’s event was one of more than 150 across the country intended to raise awareness and distribute information on bicycle safety.
Local event coordinator Jim Owens said in addition to promoting safe practices, the event was also meant to encourage Auburn Elementary students to ride their bikes to school to reduce unnecessary traffic congestion in the morning.
“The safety aspect is obviously the No. 1 goal, but it’s going to help the school because with the amount of parents that drop off in the morning, it should be a school that walks or rides, rather than have congestion all morning,” he said.