By Joe Veyera
After students logged more than 20,000 minutes biking during Bike to School month in May, the Salmon Bay School has earned the Golden Pedal Award in the K-8 category from the Cascade Bicycle Club.
The school boasted full bike racks throughout the month, and on many days were forced to park bikes in their gym after running out of rack space. On Bike to School Day on May 7, organizers counted 136 student bikes.
The school also held several events during May, starting with a “Dust off Day” at the start of the month for students to wash and decorate their bikes, and receive a tune up courtesy of Bikesport. Every Friday, welcome stations were set up for student cyclists with snacks courtesy of Top Banana, the Crown Hill Safeway, and Ballard Market. Organizers also gave away stickers and sold Salmon Bay Bikes t-shirts and discounted bike helmets courtesy of Cascade Bicycle Club.
Students also biked alongside other elementary school groups under the “Salmon Bay Bikes” and “Ballard Bikes” banners in the Syttende Mai parade, and held an end-of-the-month bike train to the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Ballard Street Party.
Salmon Bay’s top student cyclists were first grader Zoe Thompson, who logged 1,003 minutes biking, and fifth grader Jet Jacobson, with 824 minutes. Both received bike tune ups from Bikesport for their efforts.
Congratulations to the students of Salmon Bay for their victory!