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Safe transit to school is the periodic purpose for showcasing walking and bike riding to class -- as here, in Westmoreland

DAVID F. ASHTON - S.E. Tolman Street was crowded with bike riders during the Friday, May 5, Bike Train to school, as part of the May Walk + Roll Challenge at Llewellyn Elementary School. The fact that May had been designated as "National Bike Month" didn't escape members of the Llewellyn Bike Club, who arose to the "Walk + Roll Challenge" by hosting a massive ride to school on Friday, May 5.

During the Challenge, school coordinators tracked the number of students biking, walking, skating, and scootering to school – not only that day, but throughout the month. At the end of the Challenge, prizes were to go to schools logging the most active transportation trips.

"We host a 'bike train' every Friday; but today, the turnout was very good – and included Principal Galati," grinned Edward LeClaire, a member of the grade school's club, pointing out that there were 75 riders to school that morning.

"It's important to get more people biking, because when we have a bunch of people biking together, more people want join in and bike, too," piped up his friend Alec.

His dad added, "It's fun to get kids out biking, and when they find out how fun it is when they're young, hopefully we can create lifelong habits and more healthy kids, who have more fun in life."

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