Cyclists across Otsego County donned their helmets and rode their bicycles to work or school on May 21 in observation of the Sixth Annual Bike to Work Day in Otsego County. The event was sponsored by The Inn at Cooperstown, with additional support from Five Star Subaru.
The total miles walked and ridden for the day were 379.3 miles with 335 participants. This is a slight decrease from last years’ totals with 416.5 miles walked or ridden and 361 participants.
“Even though the numbers were lower than last year, the results were still similar to other years,” said Martha Clarvoe, BTWD committee chair for Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates.
This year there were 141 biking participants that biked 298 miles overall and 194 walking participants that walked a total of 81.2 miles.
There were numerous check-in sites this year at various locations across Otsego County. Many of those sites were at schools including: Cooperstown Central School, Edmeston Central School, Greater Plains Elementary School, Laurens Central School, Milford Central School, Morris Central School, Oneonta Middle/High School, Richfield Springs Central School, Schenevus Central School, Valley View Elementary School and Worcester Central School.
Clarvoe said most of the check-in sites were at schools so that children would be encouraged to ride their bikes to school.
“It’s always fun to see the bicycles outside of the school, knowing (the children) are going to ride themselves home,” Clarvoe said.
The greatest overall showing was from Greater Plains Elementary School in Oneonta thanks to the efforts of Julie McKee, a teacher at the school. Over a third of the school students walked or rode their bicycles to school that day with 64 bicyclists and 82 walkers out of a total student population of 305.
“The participation at Greater Plains Elementary is fantastic, we wish all schools had such a high percentage of students getting to school under their own power,” said Clarvoe in a media release.