|Rocky River Middle School on May 7, the first day of the challenge.|
Rocky River Bike To School Challenge concluded at Rocky River Middle School on Thursday, May 24, with praise from the city's mayor, lots of prizes and awards, and biking numbers that were way up over last year! During the three-week program on May 7-24, Rocky River Middle School students:
- Biked 12,240 miles on their bikes, up 32% from last year's total miles.
- Took 3,825 bike-rides to school (average round-trip commute: 3.2 miles).
- 273 Rocky River Middle School students biked each day of the challenge on average, or 44% of the school’s enrollment of 620 students. This was up significantly from last year’s average of 191 bicyclists per day.
- The highest ride day May 11, when 344 students (56% of the school) bicycled.
- Saved an estimated 13,464 pounds of heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions from the environment.
- Saved their parents $2,047.50 on gasoline, based on the current Ohio average gas price of $3.75/gallon.
- Burned an estimated 208,080 calories just bicycling to and from school.
- Rocky River Bike To School Challenge began last year. Rocky River students have biked a total of 21,523 miles and saved an estimated 23,675 pounds of CO2 emissions during the program’s two years.
|Mayor Pam Bobst poses with her Rocky River Bike To School Challenge t-shirt.|
Raleigh Bicycles gave Rocky River Middle School a $500 award for exceeding its bicycling goals during the challenge, to use for fitness and bicycling programs. The company also honored middle school health and fitness teacher Wendy Crites (pictured below) with a new Raleigh Capri road bike for her ongoing commitment to youth bicycling and her leadership of the Bike To School Challenge program in Rocky River.
|Wendy Crites, second from right, is presented with a new Raleigh Capri road bike from Raleigh Bicycles.|
|Century Cycles owner Scott Cowan presents t-shirt design winner Clara Sandu with her prize.|
Other sponsors who contributed prizes and support to make the program possible were Honey Hut Ice Cream, Subway of Rocky River, Rocky River PTA, SportsTime Ohio and Starbucks.
For more information about Bike To School Challenge and to see photos and videos, go to www.centurycycles.com/to/BTS or follow the program at www.facebook.com/BikeToSchoolChallenge.