Attendees of the first annual SEL Schools Bike Rodeo braved the showery weather this Saturday. Partnering with the South Euclid and Lyndhurst Police Departments, the SEL Schools Bike Rodeo was a fun filled morning where students had a chance to conquer several obstacle courses that taught safe bike ridership and watched an entertaining BMX bike show from Dialed Action Sports.
All attendees received helmets and/or locks courtesy of the South Euclid Walmart and the Safe Routes to School Grant Program. In addition, ten lucky attendees won bikes courtesy of the South Euclid Walmart. One of the lucky winners mentioned that it was their first bike.
"It was gratifying to see our communities unite together," Director of Communications/Information Systems Chad Welker said. "This event wouldn't have been possible without the support of many local businesses, volunteers and the Lyndhurst and South Euclid Police Departments."
The bike rodeo is part of the SEL Schools’ Safe Routes to School grant initiative that is providing over $400,000 of grant money for safer walking and biking routes to school. The rodeo kicks off a series of events in May for Bike/Walk to School Month. Later in May, each K-8 school will host a Walk to School Day to celebrate our Safe Routes to School grant and to promote safe walking to school. These will be held the week of May 19th and are featured in our first Safe Routes to School Newsletter.
SEL Schools wishes to thank the South Euclid Walmart, Giant Eagle, Coke, Frito Lay, Little Debbie Foods and Eddy's Bike Shop for their generous donations. Thank you also to the South Euclid and Lyndhurst Police Departments, community volunteers, in addition to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, for their support!!! Finally, thank you very much to the National Elementary Honor Society students from Greenview and National Honor Society students from Brush who were extremely helpful supporting the event. Fun was had by all who attended!