On Wednesday, May 8, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will grab his helmet and hop on a Pacers Bikeshare bicycle to join Indianapolis Public Schools students for National Bike to School Day.


The mayor will be joined by Boomer, the Indiana Pacers’ mascot, as they connect with IPS | Butler University Laboratory School 60 students, parents and teachers. Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will lead the group to campus at 3330 N. Pennsylvania St., arriving around 8:45 a.m.


Once participants arrive at the school, they’ll join Nine13sports for their Kids Riding Bikes program that integrates interactive bike simulators. The team will also go into classrooms throughout the day to talk about the health benefits of cycling, rider safety, and the lifelong transportation and recreation benefits of the bicycle.


Nine13sports will also be on-site at IPS | Butler University Laboratory School 55, 1349 E. 54th St., where students will also bike to school arriving around 8:45 a.m. The Butler University mascot, Hink, will greet students as they arrive.


The mission of National Bike to School Day is for bicyclists across the United States to join together to celebrate the many benefits of biking to school, including increased physical activity, environmental awareness, reduced traffic congestion and stronger connections between students, their families, schools and the broader community.