By Brennan Bogert
For some people, bicycling is an occasional activity, and for others, it is part of their daily routine. Whether out of necessity or choice, the Regina Regals are pedaling this month.
May 6 was a day of celebration for Regina Elementary students and their grandparents, but a day of discomfort for most commuters to the school. For many Regina students, Grandparent’s Day traffic meant finding more creative ways of getting to school. While the elementary students proudly accompanied their grandparents through the school, other students celebrated National Bike Month.
The League of American Bicyclists declared May National Bike Month in 1956. Now, 55 years later, as Iowa City gas prices push $4 a gallon, bicycling is experiencing another surge into popularity. To celebrate, many local organizations are hosting events or giveaways. On May 15, the Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City raffled off a bicycle donated by Sugar Bottom Bikes in North Liberty.
“Biking is a healthy and wonderful activity and sport. It is a means of exercising and socializing as well. It is an activity that not only gets us somewhere, but lets us enjoy the trip marveling at God’s creation,” said Father Rudolph Juarez, St. Patrick’s pastor.
In addition to the efforts of local area churches, Regina Junior/Senior High School is urging students and faculty to ride to class instead of drive.
School mascot Crownie and the rest of the Regals hoped to see community members at events such as the May 18 Ride of Silence to honor fallen and injured cyclists. The Regals also look forward to the second Black Diamond Road Time Trial organized by the Iowa City Cycling Club on June 26.