At Belding Elementary School in Chicago’s Old Irving Park/Mayfair neighborhoods, two happy children got their very first bikes earlier last month. They won them in a raffle at Belding’s second annual Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 7.
For the event, 200 enthusiastic students at the Northwest Side school were greeted by volunteers who provided students with bike tune-ups and then taught them road safety skills.
Students then tested their newly-learned safety skills in a bike rodeo and obstacle course.
Yara Santillian, a physical education teacher at Belding, said it’s not just the students who get excited about events like this. “We get parent-volunteers [who] end up bringing their bikes and ride with their [children] to school,” said Santillian. “It gets...