Bike to School Day features baby dolls in bike baskets, wheelies as Denver kids cruise to class – The Denver Post
Alysa Murphy, 5, sported a pink helmet with mouse ears while pedaling her bike along East Ninth Avenue in central Denver. Accompanied by her mother and brother — and a baby doll in the pink basket on her handlebars — Alysa made wide zigzags to Dora Moore ECE-8 school.
Alysa was one of thousands of children across the state Wednesday to hop on their wheeled steeds — or scooters — to take part in the seventh annual National Bike to School Day.
More than 135 schools across Colorado and more than 2,000 schools across the country participated in the event.
Ten-year-old David Roberts doesn’t confine his biking to school to the holiday. He rides to school every day, but what should be a 15-minute ride sometimes takes longer.
“I like to cruise,” David said, hopping on his bike outside Dora Moore and smoothly sailing down the sidewalk with one hand on the handlebars. “Then I be poppin’ wheelies.”
David reared up on one wheel and rode for a few feet before touching back down on the sidewalk.
Rebecca Mason, the mother of a Dora Moore student, handed out water and juice to kids making their way to class.
“We’re a neighborhood school,” Mason said. “There’s no reason for parents to be driving their kids to school when they can just walk or ride a bike. It’s fallen out of fashion, and we’re here to bring it back.”
Alysa’s mom, Katherine, wishes her daughter and 7-year-old son, Spencer, could cycle to school every day. But the neighborhood school, Gilpin Montessori, closed, forcing the family to drive to Dora Moore, which is farther away.
Katherine drove her children most of the way Wednesday, then parked and let Alysa hop on her bike and Spencer jump on his scooter to cruise the rest of the way to school.
As students rode up to the front of the school — some still teetering on training wheels– Denver police handed out stickers to the children.
Police, crossing guards and the Colorado Department of Transportation stressed safety on the biking holiday, encouraging motorists to keep their eyes open for the young cyclists, reminding the bikers to wear helmets and advocating for communities to create safer routes.
Penelope King, 10, pedaled circles around her mom as she recounted her journey to school that morning.
“It felt nice to bike, but once it gets to hills, it’s harder,” Penelope said. “But I like biking. It’s nice you can go exercise and have fun at the same time.”