May Rolls On With Bike Education

May is a great month for biking. It’s light enough in the morning to ride to work or school, and listening to birdsong is an added benefit, not to mention saving money on gas and getting plenty of exercise. Here’s a look at three of the many cycling events in Houghton County over the past weeks.

On May 11, former Houghton resident Sara Salo pedaled the last miles of her 5,000 mile School Lunch Tour, on which she visited hundreds of elementary schools and communities, promoting healthy choices for children. Sara is coming to work at Western U.P. Health Department on our new rural health outreach project focused on comprehensive school health.

72 Houghton Middle School students biked to the Houghton Waterfront Trail to welcome Sara home on May 11. School food service manager Shelby Turnquist prepared healthy snacks. She provides healthy lunch choices every day.

On May 18, the CLK Schools in Calumet hosted a day of bike education. Below are bikes of students from Laurium, parked on the south side of Highway 41. Students cross on foot at the crosswalk to get to school. Hundreds of students walked or biked, despite the rain.

Many Calumet students will walk or bike all April, May, September and October.

Calumet riders coming from the north side of US-41 park here, by the elementary school.

Pete Baril and Teresa Woods, above, talked to 700 students, grades K-5 about bike safety thoughout the day, while Ray Sharp, below, got some help fixing a flat.

Above, a walking school bus headed to Lake Linden-Hubbell elementary school on May 23. Below, it looks like Lake Linden needs even more bike racks!

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