Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Record numbers bike, walk to school

Mountain Rides awards top prize to Hailey third-grader


By EXPRESS STAFF

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority reported Monday that a record number of students participated in the organization's bike- or walk-to-school activities in May.

According to a press release, more than 950 students from Community School, Wood River Middle School and elementary schools from throughout the valley rode their bikes or walked to school on May 9 or during the school challenge week May 21-24.

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Numerous prizes were awarded, including Camelbacks, bike pumps, bike gloves, helmets, bike horns and gift certificates to Baskin-Robbins and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. The top winner was Hailey Elementary School third-grader Azia Matthieu, who ended up with a new Specialized mountain bike valued at $480.

"I was so pleased with the high level of participation and enthusiasm from the elementary schools and the Community School," said Mountain Rides Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator Kaz Thea. "It's such a great way for kids to get the benefits of active transportation, and families can feel good about leaving the car at home."

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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