Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The unsung heroes of Bike to School Challenge

Bike to School Challenge comes to an end on Friday, so we wanted to take this opportunity to thank the people who make a three-week program like this safe, fun, and -- let's face it -- even possible. First up: Teachers.

Dedicated teachers at each school check in the students each and every morning for three weeks,  direct school traffic, and countlessly remind their classes to keep biking and how the program works. In particular, we've got to give a shout-out to Lawrence Kuh, Brent Illenberger (below) and Gary Sherwood at Bay Middle School; Wendy Crites, Peg Liberatore and Laura Brabant at Rocky River Middle School (above); and Eryn Whistler at Bay High School.

School aides, who help all students give Bike To School Challenge a try, whether it's riding in with them, helping them find a trike or even a stationary bike, or helping the student work as a BTS volunteer.

All the school crossing guards. 'Nuff said.

Community supporters, in particular avid cyclist Rich DeLombard of Huron, who rides his high-wheeler bike with the students on the first day and has attended the start of every Bike To School Challenge since we began the program. You rock, Rich!

And Rich is generous enough to even let principals give his bike a try.

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