Bay Village students complete another successful Bike To School Challenge

Bay Middle School students braved the rain during the Bay Bike To School Challenge opening day on May 1. Photo by Kevin Madzia

During National Bike Month in May, students at Bay Middle School and Westerly Elementary School celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Bay Bike To School Challenge by pedaling their bicycles in impressive numbers.

On the opening day of the Bay Bike To School Challenge on May 1, 300 students biked to Bay Middle School, despite cool and rainy spring weather. Overall, during the three weeks of the Challenge, an average of 365 students per day (46 percent of the student body) rode their bikes to school. The record day was Thursday, May 18, with 443 students, or 56 percent, biking to school.

Students at Westerly Elementary, participating in the Bay Bike To School Challenge for the fourth year, were not left behind. During the two weeks of the Challenge beginning on May 8, an average of 185 students (51 percent of the student body) biked to school. Their highest day of participation was the final day on May 19, with 201 students (56 percent) riding their bikes to school.

Students received a Ride Card stamped for each day they biked to school. Extra stamps were awarded to students when they wore a bike helmet. When students rode four days, they received a Bike To School Challenge T-shirt provided by organizer Century Cycles Rocky River. Each stamp was good for one entry in the prize drawings held at the conclusion of the program. Prizes were provided by program sponsors, with the grand prizes being bicycles provided by Giant Bicycles and Liv Cycling.

Biking to school helps students learn the health and wellness benefits of an active lifestyle, as well as learn about the benefits of bicycling to the environment, easing traffic congestion, and saving money. The habits developed during the Bike To School Challenge continue throughout the school year.

Combining the statistics from both Bay Middle School and Westerly Elementary School, during the Bay Bike To School Challenge, students biked a total of over 20,000 miles, keeping over 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the environment, and saving almost 800 gallons of gasoline, a cost savings of almost $1,800 for their parents. They also burned over half a million calories, the equivalent of over 2,800 cans of Coca-Cola.

Despite the many hours of work involved for organizers, sponsors, school faculty and staff, and volunteers, all are looking forward to helping students again in the 2018 Bay Bike To School Challenge!

Kevin Madzia

Kevin Madzia is the IT Manager and a Bicycle Fit Specialist for Century Cycles.

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