- Harrison Berry
- Hundreds of students at North Junior High School took part in National Bike to School Day on May 4.
For 20 minutes before the first period bell rang at North Junior High, faculty and staff patrolled the grounds with their eyes peeled. There was no emergency: May 4 is National Bike to School Day, and, in celebration, students who walked or rode their bikes to the North End junior high school were stopped and given bike-themed schwag.
"This really is a celebration," said Principal Jeff Roberts, standing astride his mountain bike near the southeast corner of campus.
According to event organizers, a few hundred NJH students ride their bikes to school every day. They couldn't say how many students pedaled to the North End campus May 4, but several of the bike racks on campus were completely full.
Beyond handing out prizes for riders, the school has planned a bike rodeo during the lunch hour and, after class, students will ride en masse to nearby Camel's Back Park on 13th Street. In addition, students helped decorate an art trailer parked on 15th Street decorated with toys, stickers and other reminders for motorists to be aware of cyclists and obey the speed limit.
"It's a fun neighborhood and there are things to be seen," said organizer Liz Caughlin. "If you're going too fast, you might miss them."
NJH's event was one of several that took place across the Treasure Valley. Students, Boise police officers and Mayor Dave Bieter hosted a group ride from Shoshone Park to Whitney Elementary School at 8 a.m. with snacks, prizes and helmet fittings.