Holyoke students of all ages filled the streets the afternoon of Wednesday, May 10, for a few victory laps around HHS and the Max Bernard Field in honor of Bike to School Day. About 200 total students participated in the event. —Johnson Publications

Holyoke students let the good times roll

About 200 bikers rolled through the streets of Holyoke Wednesday, May 10, but it wasn’t for Sturgis. It was Bike to School Day at Holyoke School District, and these bikes were all pedal power.

This year’s numbers were up by 50-60 from last year’s Bike to School event. All K-12 students participating had the opportunity to take a few victory laps around the JR/SR High building and Max Bernard Field from 3-3:30 p.m. Police blocked off traffic for the occasion and physical education teacher Scott Dille led the pack in a yellow construction helmet with megaphone in hand.

The annual event was tied this year to a recent $20,000 Safe Routes to School grant received by the school district, which resulted in the October 2016 bike safety course, and now the purchase of 22 bikes of varying sizes for use in P.E. programs and for students to check out for use.

Twenty of the Raleigh bikes, which range in size from 16- to 27.5-inch wheels, were purchased through the grant, while two more were donated by local community members.

Bicycles were purchased through Sterling Bicycle Works, which happens to be owned by Kory Stumpf, Holyoke Elementary Principal Kyle Stumpf’s brother. Not only was the Sterling company more local than the grant’s suggested Denver-based company, but it also threw in 20 extra tubes and upgraded all tires to thorn-resistant. And Kory Stumpf offered to come back in the fall to help with tune-ups.

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