Local schools and partner organizations in Sierra Vista and on Fort Huachuca will once again celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10, by encouraging students to walk or bike to school all week long.
The Fort Huachuca Accommodation School District and Sierra Vista Unified School District have been celebrating National Bike to School Day locally for several years now. With the support of the City of Sierra Vista and other community partners, the local event has grown to extend a full week and includes prizes offered as incentives for students to participate in hopes it helps foster an active lifestyle.
This year, the City was able to purchase 50 bicycles thanks to the support of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, Canyon Vista Medical Center, and Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative. In addition to these three partners, Target is supporting the event by donating staff time to assemble the 50 bicycles, which will be given out by elementary schools as prizes. Other prizes include sports balls, FitBit Charges, passes for The Cove, and day passes for CIBA Climbing Gym.
This year, Olympic bicycle motocross medalist Donny Robinson will visit Sierra Vista to help kickoff Bike/Walk to School Week. Robinson will hold a public meet and greet at M&M Cycling at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 8. Then he’ll ride to school with Huachuca Mountain Elementary School students on Tuesday morning and conduct a bike rodeo event at Carmichael Elementary School later that day.
Take part in cycling challenge starting May 1
In recognition of National Bike Month, the City encourages local cyclists to take part in a free cycling challenge from May 1 through May 31 by logging their miles in Strava.
Whether it’s on a mountain bike trail, on a multi-use path, or along the highway, every mile logged in Strava counts. Every 15 miles earns participants one ticket in a drawing for prizes. There will be weekly winners for both youth and adult divisions and a grand prize drawing will be held on May 31.
Participants can register for a free account at www.strava.com and join the “SV Cycling Challenge” for adults or the “SV Youth Cycling Challenge” for anyone younger than 18. Strava can be used to track miles via its smartphone apps and also integrates with wearable GPS devices. Tickets for the drawing can be picked up each Monday at the Ethel H. Berger Center based on miles logged in Strava.
For more information about the cycling challenge, call John Healy at (520) 439-2302 or email Sports@nullSierraVistaAZ.gov.