Thanks to a $1,200 donation from the Papoose Club, Wood River Valley schoolchildren will have more parking spaces for their bikes this spring.
The money was donated to Mountain Rides, the nonprofit public transportation organization, and will be used to install bike racks at Hailey Elementary School, Hailey Middle School, Bellevue Elementary and Hemingway Elementary School.
Jim Finch, multi-modal coordinator for Mountain Rides, said the first bike rack will be installed on Wednesday at Hailey Elementary School. The rack has room for 18 bikes, and will provide room for a growing list of bicycle commuters, many of whom have been encouraged to bike to school by the Mountain Rides-sponsored Safe Routes to School program.
"Hailey Elementary has the most successful bike-to-school program. They are going to get the first rack," said Finch.
Mountain Rides promotes and manages alternative/public transportation options in Blaine County. The organization provides bus services, van-pooling and ridesharing, and a Safe Routes to School program for getting kids to school by foot or bike.
Founded in 1954, the Papoose Club promotes and assists cultural, social, educational and athletic activities for the children of the Wood River Valley.