RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rutherford third graders at Lincoln and Washington schools attended a SmartCycling Bicycling Skills 123 and Road Safety Clinic on June 6-9.
Les Leathem, education coordinator of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, and his instructors not only taught safety skills but had all students riding a bike by the end of the event.
In preparation for the clinic, every third-grader was supplied with a new helmet, donated by BCB Rutherford, "Your Community Bank," and police officer Scott Ahearn adjusted them for correct fit.
Chief John Russo, Rutherford police officer Ahearn, Detective Al Anderson, Mayor Joe DeSalvo, school faculty, administrators and parent volunteers gave a hand.
The clinic was sponsored by the Green Team and its chairperson Eileen Eastham, and funded by a Sustainable Jersey grant, conceived and written by John Hughes of the Green Team. In addition to funding this possibly-annual program, the grant will be used to make the borough more bike-friendly by enhancing bike paths and signage, and establishing bike racks throughout Rutherford.