Students from three Evergreen schools beared the wet, cold weather on May 10 to participate in International Bike to School Day 2017. Over 55 students from Evergreen Middle School, Bergen Valley Elementary and Bergen Meadow Elementary rode through rain and sleet to get to school on Wednesday, joining students from 2,500 schools in 49 states across the country.
Because Evergreen covers a lot of ground, many students had to get creative to participate in Bike to School Day. Some kids rode over six miles to school, clear from Evergreen High School to Evergreen Middle School; other students biked with their pals and families in guided groups organized from various Bergen Park locations to the schools.
“I was surprised to see so many kids on their bikes today considering the bad weather and long rides in Evergreen,” said Callie Cohen, one of twelve volunteer crossing guards who staged the event. “I’m impressed!”
Evergreen schools will repeat their bike/ped feats in next October’s Walk to School Day, and then again for Bike to School Day 2018.
The 1.1 million dollar NEAT Trail was completed in 2013, thanks to assistance from Jefferson County, Evergreen Park & Rec, Great Outdoors Colorado, Jeffco Public Schools, and Evergreen community donors. Since then, North Evergreen has become a much more walkable and bikeable community.
Twenty-five hundred Bike to School Day events took place nationwide on May 10, 2017. “Bicycling is a wonderful way to exercise, have fun and can be a means for some students to get to school,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. “National Bike to School Day is an opportunity for communities to highlight the many benefits of bicycling and promote bicycle safety for Americans of all ages.”
As KC Butler, one of the founders of North Evergreen Activity Trails and volunteer crossing guards at the May 10 event, puts it: “Keep on Truckin’ Evergreen!”