Epic Turnout for Massachusetts Walk Bike to School Day

Depot Park was crowded with cyclists heading to Lane School on Wednesday morning – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image


By Julie McCay Turner

Glorious spring weather prompted an epic number of students and parents to take part in Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day in Bedford on Wednesday, May 2.

Organized by Carla Olson and the Healthy Bedford Initiative, the ride was supported the Bedford Police, the Department of Public Works, Bedford’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, and Town officials, along with parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

Roughly 40 cyclists, parents, and pets rode from Depot Park to Lane School on the chaperoned ‘Bike Train’ ride. A count of bikes at Lane shortly after school began indicated that as many independent riders as chaperoned riders rode to school on Wednesday.

Checking in at Depot Park

Kevin Tracey, principal of the John Glenn Middle School and keeper of the Lane School riders list


The ‘Bike Train’ followed the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail from Loomis Street to Sweetwater Avenue, and then along a path to the Lane School playground

Lane School Principal Rob Ackerman led the Bike Train as it emerged from the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail at Fawn Lake
Lane School Assistant Principal Keith Kinney rode sweep and walked part of the way with a student whose bicycle wheel froze during the ride

The Walking School Bus

There were not many passengers on the Walking School bus, but Selectman Margot Fleischman enjoyed the walk along quiet roads with them

At Davis School

The bicycles and scooters traveled along the Davis Road sidewalk from the Lutheran Church parking lot to the school’s driveway


The DPW’s Kristen Dowdy led walkers along the back path from the church parking lot through Cattail Corner to the school

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