Events in Winters…
Nationally, May is officially “Bike Month” where people are being encouraged to get out of their cars and bike to work, school and social activities within their community. In Winters, there are a number of activities and challenges which are geared to promote the benefits of using your bike. A small coalition of representatives from the WJUSD, the City of Winters and community volunteers calling themselves “Winters Bikes” will be leading the charge in getting people out of their cars and onto their bikes.
On May 9, Winters Bikes will be sponsoring a “Bike Rodeo” during recess at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School. Students will have an opportunity to learn about bike safety and participate in a variety of fun and educational bike activities.
The Winters City Council is also encouraging citizens to ride their bikes to all City and community activities during the month of May. Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry said “I commit to ride my bike to all meetings and social events I do in town during May. In a town the size of Winters, it only makes sense to use a bike.” Mayor Pro Tem Woody Fridae also plans to ride his bike to his job at Shirley Rominger School during May. “My hybrid car is great for long road trips,” said Fridae, “but for my own personal health and reducing the carbon footprint, I think biking is the right way to go!”
At Winters High School, students in the Ag/FFA Class will be riding 24 bikes donated by Winters Bikes to and from the Ag site versus taking the bus from the high school. Senior Nieves Serratos said, “riding a bicycle is important for everyone. For the students it’s good because they get exercise and some learn bike riding skills, and it’s good for the teachers to get exercise as well”.
Both the City of Winters and the WJUSD have entered the Sacramento Region’s May is Bike Month Challenge for Cities and Schools. The City and District will be competing against other Sacramento agencies for the number of participants who log miles on their bikes versus cars during the month. Check out the Mayisbikemonth.comto see how the City and District are doing.
Winters Bikes has been organized by Winters High School English Teacher Matt Ariel Biers with the goal of getting more young people to use bikes. The Committee includes Superintendent Brent Cushenbery, Principal Paul Fawcett along with City representatives Woody Fridae, Carol Scianna and John Donlevy. Community representatives include Roger Wilmarth, Jean Marc Leninger and Patick Van Dyke. Their website is www.wintersbikes.org
Winters Bikes is open to persons interested in joining the group or donating bikes for students to use at Winters High School. For more information, contact Carol Scianna at (530) 794-6715.