“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” -John F. Kennedy
That’s the quote that 5th graders were asked to illustrate in a nationwide poster contest sponsored by Saris and Schwinn. This week, we had the pleasure of presenting Oregon’s winner with her prize: a new bicycle! Milwaukie City Counselor Dave Hedges was on hand to congratulate Allisyn Bass, a Linwood Elementary school student, and present her with the bike, a helmet, a lock, and lights.
Hedges shared that Milwaukie is pursuing various plans for making the city more bike friendly. Most recently, planning has begun for a “Monroe Neighborhood Greenway,” the first street of its kind in the city of Milwaukie and a top-priority in the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Blueprint for World Class Bicycling. By making Monroe more friendly for walking and biking, students like Allisyn and her friends will have healthier, safer options for getting to school and playing outside.
There’s no question that Milwaukie kids love riding their bikes. After the presentation, Allisyn and her friends were given a quick brush-up on hand signals and road rules before going for a celebratory ride around the neighborhood. There were smiles all around, excellent road manners, and questions about when they’d get to ride again. If the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s work with our Milwaukie partners continues, safer rides for those kids are right around the corner.
Many thanks to Councilor Dave Hedges, North Portland Bike Works (where the bike was built up), Greg Baartz-Bowman (for taking pictures), and Nicole Perry (who promoted the contest at Linwood).