Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kids showed their pedal power

From page A12 | June 15, 2014 |

Thank you to the friends of the schools in Davis, our city officials and all who helped and participated in National Bike to School Day. May is Bike Month and May 7 was the National Bike to School Day.

We had a successful day at many schools in Davis.

Thanks to Penny Pyle for coordinating for school board trustees to attend the event and to Kelly Stachowicz for coordination with city officials to attend.

Birch Lane Elementary students were welcomed to school by longtime friend of the school and Bike Rodeo volunteer Robb Davis, César Chávez students were greeted by mayor and unicycle pro Joe Krovoza, Holmes Junior High students were greeted by Superintendent Winfred Roberson, Korematsu students were greeted by Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services Clark Bryant, Montgomery students were visited by active transportation coordinator Dave “DK” Kemp, North Davis Elementary students were greeted by City Councilman Lucas Frerichs and Willett Elementary students were met by City Councilman Brett Lee.

Thanks to Rachel Hartsough, city of Davis Street Smarts coordinator, for compiling the numbers: Patwin and Holmes will retain their bragging rights as the Golden Trophy winners for the third year in a row with the highest percentage of enrolled kids riding bikes to school. Patwin had a whopping 61 percent, and Holmes had nearly 50 percent. Fantastic!

The winner of the highly coveted root beer float party, generously provided by Whole Foods, is North Davis Elementary, which had almost 300 kids ride to school, and 187 of them participated in the Active4me scanning program.

And just for some more fun, overall 35 percent of all students in grades K-8 rode to school on May 7. Collectively, here is what just those in our scanning program accomplished (and that’s only about a third of the kids riding!):

* We rode more than 1,300 miles to school;
* We saved almost 60 gallons of gas;
* We burned 52,000 calories;
* We saved $252 in gas money; and
* We kept over 1,145 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere.

A big thank you to all the school representatives for making biking all year-round a success.

How wonderful to be in a bike-friendly, family-friendly city with support and interaction from all levels. If we keep it up, our environment will be much better for all.

Sanne Fettinger
Davis Bicycles! School Committee member

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  • Rich RifkinJune 15, 2014 - 9:02 am

    This is a great effort by Davis Bicycles! and I commend them for it. However, the numbers--"Patwin had a whopping 61 percent, and Holmes had nearly 50 percent. Fantastic!"--are anything but fantastic. They are depressing. In the mid-1970s when I was a Holmes student, even on a cold, rainy day, 90 percent of kids in Davis--including those of us on the west side of town who lived 3-4 miles from Holmes--rode their bikes or walked to school every day. Now we are celebrating when only 50 percent bicycle to Holmes, and that number beat most other schools in Davis?

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  • B. CarfreeJune 15, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    I agree with Rich Rifkin that Davis has moved far from its golden days of bicycle use. It's a pity none of us were doing any counting back in the '70s and early '80s when there were far more bikes on the road than cars and the parking lots all stood nearly empty while the bike parking spaces were overflowing. Remember when if you drove somewhere everyone asked why you did that and if something was wrong with your health? I blame cheap gas, more commuters moving to town, densification that created too many points of high car density and the massive rise in student costs that caused smart students of moderate means to disappear from UCD. That said, it's great that some folks are working hard to try to bring back bicycle use locally. Keep on pushing, folks. You're on the right side of history.

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