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The Safe Routes to School event, involving hundreds of students, is set for May 9; Tigard Bike Rodeo is May 12.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Safe Routes to School event, involving hundreds of students, is set for May 9, followed by the annual Tigard Bike Rodeo on May 12.Tigard's Safe Routes to School program is kicking off May with two biking events geared toward children of all ages: Walk and Bike to School Day on May 9 and the Tigard Bike Rodeo on May 12.

Walk and Bike to School Day is a bi-annual event that raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and biking and the benefits of increased physical activity among children. Hundreds of students and parents at eight Tigard-area elementary and middle schools will celebrate National Bike to School Day.

Elementary school walkers, cyclists and rollers hit local streets between 7:30 and 10 a.m., and again between 2:30 and 4 p.m. on May 9 with activities to encourage families to participate in healthy and active transportation.

The Safe Routes to School program improves safety for all pedestrians and bicyclists in the community by reducing traffic congestion and motor vehicle emissions while increasing opportunities to be more physically active and connect with neighbors.

Then on Saturday, May 12, the Third annual Tigard Bike Rodeo will take place at C.F. Tigard Elementary School from noon to 3 p.m. Bike lovers of all ages are invited for this fun-filled event to get everyone excited and ready for safe biking adventures.

Parents and kids should bring their own bike and helmets for a free check-up from the bike doctor. Loaner bikes will be available to those without wheels. Participants can improve bike-riding skills, make their way through an obstacle course and learn more about bike safety. Cool raffle prizes and ice cream will be handed out as well at this free event.

For more information about the city's Safe Routes to School program, visit: www.tigard-or.gov/srts.

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