Students ride 1,000 km
Colton Davies - Jun 01, 2018 - Get Involved

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Skaha Lake Middle School students spent their Thursday riding up and down the Skaha Lake boardwalk to raise awareness for safe non-motorized transportation.

Students rode in a one-kilometre loop by bike, skateboard, longboard, and other equipment for the school’s “1,000 Kilometres of Awesome” initiative.

By early afternoon, the grade 6, 7 and 8 were already well past their mileage goal.

Shop teacher Travis Kroschinsky said the event is meant to raise public awareness about young commuters and to bring awareness around helmets and concussions for the student body.

“We have kids making longboards and skateboards in our classes, and I feel a lot of responsibility with those kids going out into the general public and riding those boards,” he said.

“And you can see, the kids are having a great time down here… It’s great for exercise, great for mental health.”

Kroschinksy said the lakefront ride has been going on in some form for close to 10 years.

For the past two years, the school has partnered with Bike to Work Week — rebranded this year as Go By Bike Week.

“This is partly for the community. For folks out there to be patient with our young commuters… They’re going to make mistakes and they need our help and our patience.”

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