Carson City Mayor Lori Bagwell speaking to a group of students at Bordewich Bray Elementary for a March 21 Ride for Reading event.
Photo by Scott Neuffer.
May is National Bike Month, and volunteers are needed for the Ride for Reading event that delivers books to schools.
On May 25, from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m., Muscle Powered, a local nonprofit, is teaming with Carson City’s Western Nevada Safe Routes to School to deliver books by bike from the Public Works facility — 3505 Butti Way — to Fremont Elementary off Saliman Road.
“Participants will ride from Public Works along the Linear Ditch Path to Fremont,” reads a press release from Chelsea Kincheloe, event organizer and president of Muscle Powered. “This is a 4-mile roundtrip from Public Works to Fremont on paved surfaces with minimal elevations gain. Participants will need a working bike, and helmets are encouraged.”
The Ride for Reading campaign aims to increase literacy among students and to increase awareness of bike safety. This year, more than 2,000 books were donated by Spread the Word Nevada, and some of those were delivered to schools in March.
“The main point of this entire event is to get more books into kids’ hands at that critical age to encourage reading,” Kincheloe said in a previous interview.
Those interested in volunteering can contact Kincheloe at email@example.com.
As vice president of the Nevada Bicycle Coalition, Kincheloe is also helping to organize the 2023 Nevada Ride of Silence event, which takes place at 7 p.m. May 17.
“The Ride of Silence is an internationally recognized event that starts at 7 p.m. worldwide,” Kincheloe said. “The Ride of Silence in Nevada will recognize cyclists who were struck and killed by motorists in Nevada in 2022.”
According to Kincheloe, organizations will be provided a list of names to read prior to the ride. Black armbands are encouraged for ride participants, and rides should be no longer than 5 to 7 miles roundtrip.
For information, visit www.rideofsilence.org or email Kincheloe at firstname.lastname@example.org.