2013 Bike & Walk to School Challenge
April 23, 24, 25, 2013
12 schools | 167 classes | 5,575 students
Rifle Middle School students appeared before the Garfield County Commissioners, at left, on Monday, May 20, to receive the Jumbo Savers award. The students are Karen Vejar, Piper Mull, Nico Pelkey, Tyler Barrett, Sabree Coombs, Raine Ellis and Nicholas Taylor. Teacher Chris Miller accompanied them to the meeting.
Photo by Cameron Burns
1st place: Bea Underwood Elementary, Battlement Mesa, District 16
2nd place: Carbondale Middle School, Roaring Fork Re-1
3rd place: Carbondale Community School, Roaring Fork Re-1
Jumbo Savers: Rifle Middle School, Garfield Re-2
Students earned points for their class and their school based on the number of times they walked, biked, carpooled or rode the bus to school during the three-day competition period.
Teachers tallied the different ways students traveled to and from school. The goal was to have as many trips as possible be walking, biking, carpooling or riding the school bus.
The top three classrooms in each school won the competition, but all students benefited when they used active transportation, carpooling or the school bus to get to school.
Students also signed a pledge to use alternative transportation throughout the remainder of the school year and during the summer.
Total energy savings
21,098 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions
$37,574 in vehicle costs (fuel, wear and tear, etc.)
Total calories burned
Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson elicited a big cheer from students at Bea Underwood Elementary School when he told the students that their school won first place in the Challenge.
Carbondale Middle School students, from left, Tanner Simmonds, Malike Enloe, Tina Zhang and Cody
Snider, told the commissioners how they got the word out to classmates about the Bike and Walk to School Challenge.
Carbondale Community School students Jesse Helser, Montana Jacober and Wilder Jacober tell their stories to Garfield County Commissioners Tom Jankovsky, John Martin and Mike Samson. Principal Tom Penzel accompanied the students to Glenwood Springs for the award ceremony.
Wilder Jacober, left, and his sister Montana Jacober, right, along with their dad, Rio Jacober, center, rode their horses to school on Feb. 25 for the Bike and Walk Challenge. The six-mile ride from their home to the Carbondale Community School took 90 minutes.
Safe Routes to School maps
announced in two ceremonies:
8:30 a.m. Friday, May 17
Bea Underwood Elementary School
9:00 a.m. Monday, May 20
Garfield Board of County Commissioners meeting
Garfield County Administration Building, 108 W. 8th St., Glenwood Springs
Home Room Challenge Winners
$50 cash cards for 1st place classes
$25 cash cards for 2nd and 3rd place classes
Prize money donated by
Garfield District 16
Bea Underwood Elementary
Rifle Middle School
Riverside Middle School
Elk Creek Elementary
Kathryn Senor Elementary
Roaring Fork Re-1
Glenwood Springs Middle School
Glenwood Springs Elementary
3rd tie: Cook and Hagan
Carbondale Middle School
2nd De Lasala
Crystal River Elementary
Carbondale Community School