Carbondale Middle wins school biking challenge |

Carbondale Middle wins school biking challenge

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Fourteen elementary and middle schools across Garfield County participated in the Third Annual Bike and Walk to School Challenge on May 16. Carbondale Middle School came in first place, and Saint John Elementary in Battlement Mesa came in second, earning $750 and $500, respectively, in cash prizes for the schools.

Schools earned points based on student rates for walking, biking, carpooling and riding the bus to and from school, as well as for signing a commitment to using non-car transportation for the rest of the school year and during the summer.

Altogether, 5,298 students participated in the challenge.

Students also suggested ways to improve vehicle-free travel in their areas, such as longer and more connected bike paths, additional pedestrian bridges, more bike racks, and a cycling “buddy” system.

“Students in this part of Colorado are very excited about saving energy and leading healthy, active lives,” said Bike and Walk to School Challenge coordinator Rachel Baron of Garfield Clean Energy.

Alpine Bank sponsored the event.

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