The Louisiana DOTD Safe Routes to School Program is partnering with Saris Cycling Group (SGC), a U.S. manufacturer of bicycle racks and cycling training products, to organize the fourth annual Fifth Grade National Bicycling Poster Contest.
Fifth graders are invited to create a poster around the famous John F. Kennedy quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” The purpose of the contest is to promote bicycle riding among young people as a way to lead a healthy lifestyle.
One winner will be selected from each participating state and will receive a bike, bike light and helmet. The deadline for the posters is March 7. One national winner will be chosen and will be awarded a trip to the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the school will receive a designated bicycle parking area to accommodate twenty bikes and a bike/walk tracking system called The Hub.
“The contest provides an interactive activity to get students excited about learning, and provides teachers a creative way to introduce healthy living concepts,” said SCG Advocacy Coordinator Heather Fortune. “This is a great technique to encourage fifth graders to simply think about the bicycle and its inherent benefits.”