Students take to the pedals on Bike to School Day

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  • Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Bikers make the turn on the bike rodeo course. Peninsula Elementary sponsored its annual Bike to School ride Wednesday.

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    Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald A determined biker tries to stay on the bike rodeo course during the Bike to School ride at Peninsula Elementary Wednesday morning.

  • Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Bikers make the turn on the bike rodeo course. Peninsula Elementary sponsored its annual Bike to School ride Wednesday.

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    Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald A determined biker tries to stay on the bike rodeo course during the Bike to School ride at Peninsula Elementary Wednesday morning.

MOSES LAKE — Peninsula students practiced their turn signals, walked their bikes through the intersections, getting a refresher course in bike rules of the road. Then they rode off to school — obeying the rules of the road, of course — on National Bike to School Day.

The Peninsula PTO sponsored the Bike to School Day ride, with support from the Grant County Health District. Sendero Life Center donated the use of its parking lot for the bike rodeo.

The parking lot was full of kids and bikes — bikes with training wheels, big bikes, sparkly bikes, even a few scooters. The health department checked the fit of bike helmets, and had new helmets for kids without one, or whose helmet was damaged. The PTO distributed bike locks and the Moses Lake Police Department registered bikes.

Cyclists stopped at the stop signs, demonstrated turn signals — how do you do that right turn signal again? — and walked their bikes across a pretend crosswalk. Some kids were so excited they forgot the rules of the road, riding through the middle of the bike safety course (and being admonished by the volunteers in charge). There were even a couple of near collisions, but the kids were paying enough attention that they stopped in time.

At the end of the bike rodeo, all the riders followed one of the volunteers down the sidewalk and across the street (walking their bikes through the crosswalk) and down the sidewalk to school. The MLPD provided an escort.

Bike to School Day is an offshoot of Walk to School Day, held each October. The idea is to encourage bike safety, physical fitness — and because bike riding is fun, according to the group’s website.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinheraldcom.

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