April 27 Bike Rodeo a success
The Infrastructure Grant, that would have funded repairing or building sidewalks near the Moose Lake school, was denied, the Active Living Coalition and Safe Routes to School group was told at the meeting on Wednesday, May 1.
“We will look for more grants,” Meghann Condit, coordinator for Safe Routes to School, told those that attended the meeting.
The April 27 Bike Rodeo held at Riverside Arena was a success, Condit reported. There were 66 young participants, and 45 parents. The 28 volunteers kept the rodeo functioning smoothly.
Helmets were given to 80 percent of the participants without one, and participants that had helmets were given a blinker for the backs of their bicycles or tricycles.
The bikes were checked to make sure they were in good operating condition, and simple maintenance was provided.
The participants practiced good riding techniques and traffic rules on the skills course. They also had a snack before they left.
Condit said that she was advised by the former police chief, Dale Heaton, to hold the rodeo every other year.
The city was thanked for the use of the arena. Guyal Nelson, the arena manager, organized set-up and clean-up by the crew from the Challenge Incarceration Program.
The Moose Lake school is one of the four schools in Carlton County that has expressed interest in using a fleet of bicycles that will be purchased with proceeds from a grant. The bikes will be available to all Carlton County schools.
A meeting for the phy ed teachers from the interested schools will be held on May 14.
Promoting walking and biking to school was discussed. Two hundred pedometers are available for the students that walk or bike to school. Contests could be organized between the Moose Lake school and other schools.
Walk or Bike to School Day was to be held on May 8.
The next meeting was set for June 5 at 5 p.m. in Room 115 at the Moose Lake school.