On May 26, 2016, a group of volunteers, parents, teachers, and children gathered at Mort Elementary to celebrate Walk & Roll to School Day in honor of National Bike Month. Bicycle and pedestrian safety presentations were provided and 75 children were fitted with helmets. Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay partnered with University Area Community Development Center (UACDC), Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, More Health, the Florida Bicycle Association, Oliver’s Cycle Sports, and Expert Bicycle to put on the event.
The highlight of the day was when “Oliver’s Angels” of Oliver’s Cycle Sports and Mike of Expert Bicycle teamed up to repair the children’s bikes. “My brakes work now!” “My bike pedals easier!” These and other exclamations rang out as the kids tried out their new-old bikes. Randy Myhre, owner of Oliver’s Cycle Sports and Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Board Member, commented on the value of everyone working together and volunteering to help the kids at Mort have safer, functioning rides to and from school: “We had a great time fixing up almost 40 bikes – some needed some serious love that was a bit beyond the scope of what we could do there but all the bikes left better than they came. I even had one kid helping me out and telling a bit about his situation and his bike. It was a good experience and I feel like our efforts made a difference.”
Overall, the event was a great success. Click here to sign up with Bike/Walk Tampa Bay and see how you can get involved today!