Wilmore Elementary School holds its first ‘Bike to School Day’

Published 2:00 pm Friday, May 20, 2022

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Elementary students on bikes, scooters and roller-blades all rode through the streets of Wilmore for Bike to School Day.

“Bike to School day” took place on May 11, where parents and students of Wilmore Elementary School joined together to ride bikes and other alternative forms of transportation to school. The mission is to push for better infrastructure for alternative forms of transportation, such as better bike lanes, signage and safer routes.

“If we could create better infrastructure for bike and pedestrian use, it would be safer and kids would take more initiative in wanting to bike to school”, Bradley Cochran said.

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Around forty students rode scooters, bikes and even roller-blades to school from a designated meeting point a mile away. The Wilmore Police Department escorted the students during the ride, starting from the meeting point, to the school and back to the meeting point.

“We need safer routes from point A to B for people who want to use alternative modes of transportation”, Cochran said. “If the police are escorting you, you need to recognize that you

have an infrastructure problem,” Cochran said.

The idea came about when Cochran and an informal trail advocacy group for Wilmore got together and discussed connectivity, passageways and bicycle and pedestrian usage to get around town safely.

The goal of “Bike to School Day” is to promote alternative modes of transportation for the students, as well as advocate for better and safer infrastructure in the city of Wilmore.

“We really want to push the envelope a little bit, and see some bold changes take place, and work alongside the city and leadership to promote that”, Cochran said. “If you invest in the right way, and it doesn’t have to be a high-cost investment … it would really enhance the quality of life in this town, and draw people to our town for outdoor activities and tourism,”