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Sunset Valley Elementary’s Bike to School Day

October 14, 2015

We’re really happy to have helped Sunset Valley Elementary School with their third Bike/Walk to School Day last week and are inspired by the success they have had. We hope you will be too. Read all about it below!

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The Sunset Valley Elementary (“SVE”) School Bike/Walk to School Day (http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/) is a bi-annual event that takes place during the fall and spring semesters and focuses on encouraging students to go to school by bike or foot.
 
The October 7, 2015, event was a huge success. The event was held by the bike rack area of campus, with tables set up to welcome the riders and walkers. They were greeted with free breakfast tacos, coffee (for parents and volunteers) and sports drinks, as well as many giveaway items (horns, bells, blinky LED lights, handlebar tassels, etc.) for the kids.

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There was a drawing for four complete bicycle commuting kits, which included a bicycle, helmet, cable lock, and rear blinky light (all graciously donated from our local cycling community). These kits would enable four students to commute by bike to school safely and legally.

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The event is always highly anticipated among students and parents, and participation increases every year. The October 2015 event had a total of 41 cyclists participating and some students rode as far as 2 miles to school. Others (who live further) drove with their parents to a starting point nearby and rode their bikes the rest of the way. The bike rack was completely full!

The drawing for the bicycles (with accompanying kit) took place at the morning assembly. The four lucky students who won had smiles on their faces and were thrilled to go on stage and receive their new bikes, helmets, locks, and lights. The best part was seeing these bicycles get put to good use the very next day when two of the bikes were spotted on the bike racks. The event had a very festive atmosphere with students, parents, and teachers all enjoying the fun.

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The Coordinating Team, which executed the event, consisted of SVE parents: Sean O’Bryan, Chris and Holly Brewster, Courtney and Mark Power-Freeman, Steve Duffy, Milay Viciedo-Duncan, Ernest Salaz, Rose Hernandez, Marc Bruner, and Ketan and Supriya Kharod. All are SVE parents who value and support cycling in our community. The Coordinating Team also received support from the SVE PTA along with SVE Principal, Kim Placker, and SVE Assistant Principal, Emily Bush. This event would not have been successful without their support and without the support of the City of Sunset Valley.

“The event sponsors were also crucial to the event’s success,” said Sean O’Bryan. Special thanks to those that joined us in helping SVE with this great event: Bikealot (rechargeable blinky lights and bells), Yellow Bike Project and SVE parents (for the donated bicycles), Bikehaus (for some of the giveaway prizes), and Aspire (for the sports drink samples).

 
SVE’s next Bike/Walk to School Day event will be in May 2016. They expect it to continue to grow and inspire more kids and parents to get out of their cars/SUVs, get on their bikes or walk to school, and increase both their activity and enjoyment within their school and community. We do too!

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