GoByBike Cranbrook Week found local streets full of young cyclists cycling to school from May 31 to June 3. Local students responded to Cranbrook’s Bike to School challenges in record numbers for the 2021 competition. Each participating school was asked to count the number of students who cycle to school each day.
The Elementary School Bike to School Challenge was developed in 2019 by the We-Bike Cycling program of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise to encourage students to try cycling to school.
New for 2021 was a competition between high schools and colleges. Mount Baker High School, Laurie Middle School and Parkland all competed for Cranbrook’s new “Bike to School” trophy.
The final results are in and the children of Cranbrook made an incredible 2,393 trips to school during the four-day school week. School staff added 192 trips to work.
The competition was closed and the 2021 winners have been declared. . The very first Bike to School Challenge champion for high schools and colleges was Parkland Middle School, followed by Laurie Middle School and Mount Baker High School.
“Parkland Middle School is grateful to Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary for providing this fun activity for our students to participate in during this strange year,” said Brenda Tyson, Principal of Parkland Middle School. “Congratulations to our students for achieving the victory and to our staff for their support. Many thanks to Alissa Amos and her class for organizing the activity for our school. We can’t wait to defend our championship next year!
Adding 50 more rides to their 2020 total, the Kootenay Orchards School retains the title for a third consecutive year with 417 rides to school for a ratio of 1.95 rides / student. The ʔaq̓amnik ‘school finished second with 1.67 trips / pupil and the Amy Woodland school coming in third with 1.4 trips / pupil. Steeples School followed closely at 1.38, narrowly edging Kootenay Christian Academy with 1.37 rides / student.
“The passion of our riders was certainly palpable this time around! We are delighted to be the recipients of the GoByBike Trophy! said Judi Poole, principal of Kootenay Orchards school. “We would like to send a big thumbs up to our Gr. 5 teacher Mrs. Schadeli. Ms. Schadeli’s passion and leadership in this challenge helped encourage our KO community to get out and roll! Thanks to everyone who participated and also enjoyed the ride!
STAFF TRAVEL – ʔaq̓amnik ‘school tops the list for staff travel with 2.08 trips / staff followed by St Mary’s School with 0.8 trips / staff.
“The 2021 Cranbrook School Cycling Challenges brought positive energy to the community, schools and lots of smiles on the faces of students, teachers and parents. said Lynnette Wray, president of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise. “Our Rotary Sunrise club was thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this fun activity to local schools. A total of twelve schools participated in the cycling activities this spring.
The incredible support from local sponsors provided additional inspiration and fun for the students. The East Kootenay Community Credit Union sponsored bicycle bells for students on their way to their elementary schools, and Gerick Sports donated bicycle bells to high and middle school cyclists. The demand was so great that more bells were ordered to ensure that every participating student received a bell.
Win a bike! Two lucky students won bicycles generously donated by Northstar Bicycle Co. (high school / college) and Gerick Sports (elementary school). Every day, a pupil went to school by bicycle, he received an entry form for the “Win a bicycle!” Contest. competition.
The draw took place at the Cranbrook Farmers Market on Saturday morning and the winners were:
Elementary schools – Oasys, 3rd grade, TM Roberts School High and middle schools – Hayden, 7th grade, Laurie Middle School.
The Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club would like to thank the Cranbrook RCMP for their extra presence on the streets surrounding the schools during GoByBike Cranbrook Week. Many thanks also to sponsors East Kootenay Community Credit Union, Gerick Sports, Northstar Bicycle Co. and 107.5 2day FM for their fantastic support which has had a direct impact on the increase in ridership this year. Sincere thanks to the school staff who gladly took on the extra workload to provide this fun opportunity for their young students.
Well done Cranbrook students! Travel safe while you continue to have fun on your way to school and don’t forget to wear your helmet!
Main picture: Kootenay Orchards bike rack – Monday May 31. Photos submitted
GoByBike Cranbrook Organizing Committee
Cranbrook Rotary Club Sunrise
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