Another Fantastic SRTS Bike Rodeo Season

The Safe Routes to School Spring Bike Rodeo Season has ended and 4th and 5th graders all over Sonoma County are more educated on how to ride safely!

We held a total of 24 rodeos, and were happy to add a few new schools to the roster — John Reed, Austin Creek, and McDowell Elementary Schools. This season, we welcomed students with physical disabilities who brought their adapted bicycles, one student who used an electric 4-wheeler, and another who used a wheelchair that his father affixed a scooter to. A student with a broken hand was able to use our bike with a special system that engages both brakes with either brake lever.

At Hidden Valley Elementary we had, for the first time, sign language interpreters who worked with our staff to make sure hearing-impaired students were able to fully participate, and we taught two hearing-impaired students to ride a bike for the first time!

Our instructor, Cindy O’Grady, is bilingual and taught several rodeos in Spanish. Our newest instructor, Larry Burns, learned the joy of teaching students how to ride a bike, and we also have a team of volunteers to thank for our success — veterans Nancy Cummings and Kathy Reed, and newcomers Marci Ritch and Lee Hill. We are always on the lookout for more volunteers, so if you are looking for a great opportunity to share your love of biking and teaching, please contact Christina Panza.

–Danielle Pearl McElwee, Safe Routes to School Educator