On March 17, 2016, a group of local citizens and professionals gathered at the University Area Community Development Center to train staff to fit children with bicycle helmets. Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay, WalkWise Tampa Bay, the Center for Urban Transportation Research, and the Florida Department of Transportation worked together to provide safety tips and training from several areas of expertise.
The volunteers in attendance will assist children from Witter, Mort, and Muller Elementary on the commute to school. WalkWise presented safety information to staff interested in helping with the Walking School Bus/Bicycle Train program. The Walking School Bus/Bicycle Train helps volunteers, children, and parents to meet new people and to safely participate in transportation alternatives that make the commute to school more enjoyable.
A new volunteer, Rachel Comella, is an avid cyclist and is very excited to help the children get to school safely with her favorite mode of transportation: “I love riding my bike because I see the world from a different viewpoint. I like to listen to the birds, children playing, the wind; it’s always different. I can smell the flowers, or cut grass, or someone doing laundry. I am connected to my neighborhood and all the people in it with a simple ride on my bike.”
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