Almost four dozen young people attended the event, which is gearing up to become an annual event and may soon spread to other schools.
THUNDER BAY – Students at CD Howe Public School put on the metal petal on Thursday, cycling to school in an effort to show their eco-friendly side.
About 40 young people took part in the school’s first annual Fill-A-Bike-Rack-Day event, which included a ride to McVicar’s Creek and a bike tune-up by Community Spokes.
Seven-year-old Ailie Simone said she had a blast.
“It was really fun and I thought it was really beautiful,” said the youngster. “I liked the feeling of being outside and being in nature.”
She added that she didn’t hesitate to register when the opportunity arose, an idea sparked by a parent and made possible by the school and EcoSuperior.
“I really wanted to do it right away. I love cycling. It’s all I do at home, ”said Ailie. “I like going to school by bike with my friends and it’s really nice and happy.”
Rachael Mann, a grade 8 student at CD Howe, said that it is important for children to exercise, but also to have a fun day at school making memories with their friends.
But it was also educational, especially for the younger students of the school on the north side.
“We learned how to turn, what hand signals you give when you turn, and we learned that we are crossing the street on our bikes and which side of the road to stay on,” said the 13-year-old.
“Knowing this is important so that you can have fun and be safe while riding to school or to work. “
Trevor Bouchard said it was his first time riding a bike to school and he hopes he has the chance to do it again.
“It was great to exercise and see the neighborhood too,” he said. “It was really, really fun.”
Kelsey Agnew, Active Transportation Coordinator at EcoSuperior, said the event was meant to celebrate CD Howe’s brand new bike rack, while promoting active school trips.
“We have a day called Build-A-Bike-Rack, which has been very successful. It was overflowing with bikes and over 40 students signed up to take the bike ride, ”Agnew said. “We did a two mile bike ride to McVicar Creek and now we have bike mechanics from Community Spokes who will be here for the next few hours doing free tune-ups on all of the kids’ bikes. “
Agnew said active school trips also stimulate students’ minds before they get to class.
“They are just more ready to learn. It is good for their physical health. It’s good for their mental health. It also helps the school avoid traffic jams and improves air quality when there is not a group of parents idling their vehicles, ”Agnew said.
The goal is to repeat the event every year, with the possibility of expanding it to other schools in the Thunder Bay area.