Cascade is excited to announce the recent expansion of our elementary school Group Health Basics of Bicycling program to the Edmonds School District. The Hazel Miller Foundation provided a generous grant of $2,500 to support the purchase of bicycles. In addition, B.I.K.E.S Club of Snohomish County donated $1,000. The expansion of this program would not have been possible without the dedicated work of the Edmonds Bicycle Advisory group members, Peter Hallson, Peter Block, and Hank Landau, all of whom donated countless hours and also made individual donations. Other members, Warren Bare and John Lapenteur, also made donations.
“The Basics of Bicycling program is an extremely valuable opportunity for the students of Mountlake Terrace Elementary,” said Principal Doug Johnson of Mountlake Terrace Elementary.
“Through the program students learn bike handling skills and traffic safety in a fun and enthusiastic environment. They are thrilled to be riding quality Redline bikes and the importance of using a properly-fitting helmet is a requirement prior to using a bike. In addition our PE teacher, Jennie Hershey, provided before-school ‘learn to ride a bike’ classes for students who had never ridden before.
“Bicycling is a healthy activity that my students can enjoy throughout their whole lives and in a wide variety of experiences from road to mountain, bmx to touring, and everything in between. Through fundraising by the Edmonds Bicycle Advisory group and in partnership with the Cascade Bicycle Club, this is a program that will reach many students in the Edmonds School District. As the principal, I had a blast joining in on the learning with my students!”
Read more at My Edmonds News.
The Group Health Basics of Bicycling, an on-bike elementary school program for third-fifth grade students, currently serves nearly 11,000 students yearly in the Seattle, Lake Washington, and Highline Districts. Expanding to the Edmonds district will provide the possibility of reaching several thousand more children per year with bicycling safety programs. In this program, Cascade trains the teachers and provides bikes, helmets, safety rodeo equipment, and a covered trailer to store the bikes. Cascade also maintains the bikes with a dedicated volunteer corps who attends weekly maintenance parties in the winter to give the bikes yearly tune-ups.