Dozens participated in Bike to School Day

Skye Kinkade
Children and their parents bike north on Mount Shasta Boulevard Wednesday morning as part of National Bike to School Day.  Photo contributed by John Kennedy

About 100 children and parents pedaled their way to Mount Shasta Elementary School and Sisson this morning for Bike to School Day.

The promotion is part of National Bike Month and celebrated the recently completed Safe Routes to Schools trails which allow convenient access from the neighborhoods on the south side of town to Pine Street. Children were able to stay safe in bike lanes which were installed on many Mount Shasta streets last year.

According to the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the share of Americans community by bike has grown by 47 percent since 2000.

The first ever national Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle to school.

Mount Shasta's event began at the drive-thru parking lot at Seven Suns Coffee and Cafe at 7:50 a.m. They rode north on Mt. Shasta Blvd. and stopped at Shasta Base Camp, The Fifth Season, Papa Murphy's and then up the hill to Sisson or down the hill toward the elementary school. Joining the event on his own bike was Principal Kale Riccomini.