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Letter to the editor: Many made Mary Hogan Bike Smart training a success

Thanks to all who made last week’s Bike Smart training at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School a success. Thanks to Mary Hogan P.E. teachers Sabrina Butterfield and Cyndi Palmer for coordinating and adapting 30 loaner bikes to kindergarteners through sixth-graders.
The cold, wet week didn’t stop us! Thanks to our superstar community volunteers Chas Lyons and Carl Robinson of Frog Hollow Bikes for checking bikes. Also to Mary Gill, Bob Nixon, Lois Farnham and Chris Robbins for assisting me and PE teachers with rules of the road instruction, safety tips, A-B-C bike checks, the 2-2-2 rule for proper helmet fitting, bike fitting, starting, stopping, balancing, pivoting, looking behind for cars, gear shifting, signaling, negotiating intersections, and more.
Special thanks to Local Motion and Kohl’s for providing the wonderful Bike Smart trailer equipped with bikes, helmets, props and a tandem bike. We look forward to seeing our bike racks filled for our next Walk and Roll to School Day on Wednesday, May 2, and to having families join us for the Bike Swap at Cannon Park near Frog Hollow Bikes on May 4 and 5 and the Kelly Boe Memorial Bike Ride on Wednesday, May 9, departing Middlebury Union High School at 4 p.m.
Happy, safe riding!
Laura Asermily
Middlebury Safe Routes Coordinator

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