Ride your Bike for a Week wins our 5th Annual Greener South Loop Award
The project will launch in January, culminating with Ride Your Bike Week Scheduled for April 21-25, 2014. The project proposes that students, teachers, staff, and community members ride bikes – or take public transportation – for one week, with prizes, celebration, and recognition to make it a fun and engaging project. Bike safety (education) and bike racks are part of the winning project.
“The judges loved the idea of getting kids excited about doing a project that is both healthy for them and the environment, and that they can do with their teachers, parents, school staff, and even community members,” said Aaron Joseph event Master of Ceremony and Deputy Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago.
“We are so honored and excited to be chosen,” said Delia Bleahu, project lead. “We did not expect to win. This is great!”
The Ride Your Bike for a Week proposal was submitted by Delia Bleahu, Youth Guidance/Extended Day Instructor and Kelly Smoots, Youth Guidance/Assistant Resource Coordinator at South Loop Elementary School. Youth Guidance is an organization committed to creating and implementing school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles in their lives.
The Alliance for a Greener South Loop will be working with Delia and Kelly to explore the many ways the South Loop can support and participate in this fun – and green – project.
Video by Hannah Rajnicek, Columbia College Chicago journalism student and South Loop resident