Bikes, safety take center stage at Northside

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Bikes were the main mode of transportation for a number of students, staff and parents at Northside on Tuesday.

The school held its third annual Bike to School Day and approximately 198 students and staff rode their bikes to school. After school, the annual bike rodeo, a bike safety event, was held on the playground behind the school.

"It was a fun way to learn about bike safety,'' Northside principal Roz Craney said.

With the help from the Middleton Police Department and Trek Bicycle, students were taught about bike safety. Helmets were also checked for proper fit and the bikes were checked over in order to make sure they were in good working condition.

Students then maneuvered through an obstacle course. This helped them practice bike safety during a real-life scenario.

Students left with a goody bag filled with items donated by area businesses and organizations such as the Northside PTA, Culvers, Trek Bicycles, Fleet Feet and Tri 4 Schools.

The events the past three years have been organized by Mark and Teresa Andrews, who have a child at Northside and another at Kromrey.

"Their dedication and support for kids and bicycles is second to none,'' Craney said. "We could not do this without them. They want to make sure that all kids ride bikes and are safe doing it. I can't say enough about how much they do to make this event happen!''

To see more photos from Bike to School Day and the bike rodeo, please visit the district's Facebook page.