Wow, what a great Bike to School Week! For Tennyson’s First Bike to School week, we have much to be proud of and many to thank for such a great event.
First let’s start with our stats!
We had a total of 615 bikers for the week!
139 on Monday
106 on Tuesday
119 on Wednesday
121 on Thursday
130 on Friday
Every day Division 13, Madame Bolegoh’s class had the most riders – averaging 15 riders a day! Well-done Division 13.
The week was a great community building activity including our Parent Coffee and Biker Breakfast on Monday graciously donated by: Starbucks, Grindstone Cafe, Plaisir Sucre Bakery, Trees Organics Coffee House and Greens Organic+Natural Market.
Please be sure to thank these local small businesses the next time you visit their establishments.
Our community support continued with student bike tune-ups donated for free by Dave at Ride-On Again Bikes on BOTH Tuesday and Thursday (his day off). Dave tuned a total of 80 bikes! There were many thankful and excited students at pick-up on Wed.
Special Biker Note: Dave suggested that parents might want to keep an eye on their child’s bike tire pressure, as it was the biggest item he worked on. More air pressure = faster bikers!
Be sure to thank Ride-On and Dave at their W. Broadway location. If you are looking for a used or recycled children’s bike they house all of their bikes at their Granville location – (8722 Granville Street – in Marpole). Adult new and recycled bikes for purchase can be found at their W. Broadway location.
The fun continued on Wednesday afternoon with a bike and helmet decorating station and a visit by Penny Noble, School Board Trustee and Bike to Work BC Representative. With healthy snacks provided by Green’s Natural+Organic again, HUB and funds from the Zero Waste Committee’s Post Halloween Howl bottle recycling efforts.
Friday completed the week with a bike recycling drop-off, again courtesy of Ride-On Again bikes, where we collected bikes to be refurbished and passed along to another child. We collected 8 bikes, 5 of which were re-purposed or traded in with other Tennyson families and 3 were donated to Ride On for refurbishing and donation to families in need. There were also some other bike related items that Ride-On will be able to repurpose and avoid ending up in the landfill.
All of this could not have been completed without the help of our many parent and student volunteers including:
Isabel Laurenciano- McKinnon
We also want to thank Madame Lorieau’s Grade 6 and 7 students who helped spread the word about Bike to School week with their talented poster drawing skills and for helping thank our community supporters with lovely thank you cards.
Finally, we are pleased to let you know that after such a great turnout for Bike to School week we have acquired some quotes regarding installing additional bike racks around grounds. We hope to have more information regarding the possibility before the end of school.
If you are interested in joining the bike rack discussion please attend the upcoming PAC meeting on Tuesday, June 2.
Thanks again to all the families who participated in Bike to School week and made it such a success.
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