Willows students catch the bike train

The school is hosting its second group rides from Allenby Park in the north through south Oak Bay from Monterey middle school to Willows

École Willows elementary students are invited to start their school day with a bike ride, May 30.

The school is hosting its second group rides from Allenby Park (between Richmond and Foul Bay Road) in the north and through south Oak Bay from Monterey middle school to Willows at 2290 Musgrave Rd. The two “bike trains,” will leave at 8:15 a.m., pick kids up en route and arrive in time for the bell.

“We’ve been looking at ways to get our kids walking and riding to school,” said school principal Wendy Holob. “We talked about the bike train and had some parents who were really keen on getting it started.”

One of those parents is Oak Bay Coun. Michelle Kirby, who spearheaded the event last year and was keen to see it happen again.

The Oak Bay firefighters, police and community association members will ride along to ensure the kids are road safe.

“Last time it was so much fun,” Kirby said. “Everybody was grinning from ear to ear, including myself and the police chief.”

More information, along with the route maps, will be posted at sd61.bc.ca/school/willows/.