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Geiger Elementary rolls into National Bike to School Day (Sun Journal)

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Honora White, 7, and her father, Shawn, gather Wednesday at Pettingill School Park before riding to school during the fourth annual National Bike to School Day in Lewiston. About 50 children and staff members rode to Geiger Elementary School with Lewiston police officers and members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Bruce Hall wanted to participate with his son, Jason, four years ago. He and Jason rode to school on a tandem bike in the rain by themselves. Hall organized a more formal ride the next year and the group has grown ever since. “We started small but have been growing a lot,” Hall said. John Grenier of Rainbow Bicycle and Busytown Bikes co-owner Dominic Giampaolo will team up to host the first Lewiston-Auburn Bike to Work Day on May 15.

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Fourth-grader Amber Landry rode her bike to school Wednesday. May is Maine Walk and Bike to School Month.

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Lewiston Police officer Patrick Griffin fits Isaiah Simpson with a new bicycle helmet at Pettingill School Park before Simpson rode to school during the fourth annual National Bike to School Day in Lewiston on Wednesday. About 50 children and staff members rode to Geiger Elementary School with Lewiston police officers and members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Simpson, his sister, Ava, left, and brother, Josiah, background, did not have helmets, so the LPD provided the siblings with three new helmets.

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Kya Robitaille, right, and her kindergarten classmate Tessa Douglass ride along College Street with their fathers, Luke Douglass, far left, and Shawn Robitaille during the the fourth annual National Bike to School Day in Lewiston on Wednesday. About 50 children and staff members rode to Geiger Elementary School with Lewiston police officers and members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

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Second-grade-student Josiah Simpson, 8, and Darcy Whittemore of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine Safe Routes to School Program ride onto the school grounds during the the fourth annual National Bike to School Day at Geiger Elementary School in Lewiston on Wednesday.

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Students, parents and staff leave Pettingill School Park as they bike to school during the fourth annual National Bike to School Day in Lewiston on Wednesday. Riders met at the park before riding to Geiger Elementary School.

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Students wrote what they like about riding their bikes to school on a poster once they arrived at Geiger Elementary in Lewiston.