President John F. Kennedy said it best: “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Linwood Elementary fifth grader Allisyn Bass receives a helmet from Milwaukie City Councilor Dave Hedges, right, while Carl Larson, advocate with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, looks on.That’s the quote that fifth-graders were asked to illustrate in a nationwide bicycle advocacy poster contest, sponsored by Saris and Schwinn.

Last week, Milwaukie City Councilor Dave Hedges was on hand to congratulate Allisyn Bass, Oregon’s contest winner and a Linwood Elementary student, and present her with a bike, helmet, lock and lights.

Hedges said Milwaukie is pursuing various plans for making the city more bike-friendly. Most recently, planning has begun for a Monroe Neighborhood Greenway, the first street of its kind in the city of Milwaukie and a priority in the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Blueprint for World Class Bicycling.

By making Southeast Monroe Street more friendly for walking and biking, students like Bass and her friends will have healthier, safer options for getting to school.

After the presentation, Allisyn and her friends were given a quick brush-up on hand signals and road rules before going for a celebratory ride around the neighborhood. There were smiles all around, excellent road manners, and questions about when they’d get to ride again. If the BTA’s work with Milwaukie partners continues, safer rides for kids are right around the corner.

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