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Making their way to class

Hundreds of children from Hallinan, Oak Grove and Westridge participated in Walk + Bike

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Westridge students make their way to school during International Walk + Bike to School Day.Lake Oswego kids last week kept alive the age-old tradition of hoofing it to class.

Hundreds of Hallinan, Oak Creek and Westridge elementary school children and their families participated in International Walk + Bike to School Day on Oct. 8.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Oak Creek Elementary School student Sarah Watson rides to school in style during International Walk + Bike to School Day last week with father Tim Watson at her side. He works for Kool Stop and imports classic bikes from Eastern Europe.

Walk + Bike to School Day, held every October, has been a local staple for years, with the Bike Gallery in Lake Oswego donating helmets to school raffles that are held in honor of the big day.

The event is intended to encourage more children to use their muscles to travel to school. Many schools throughout Oregon sign up for the Walk + Bike Challenge for a shot at prizes based on how many kids participate. Hallinan, Oak Creek and Westridge were on the list.

The challenge is courtesy of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, with support from the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and other partners.

A Walk + Bike to School Challenge also is on tap in May 2015.

For more information on the Walk + Bike Challenge, visit www.walknbike.org/walk-bike-challenge-month.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hallinan Elementary School students Evie Girard and Juwon Kim enjoy the weather during International Walk + Bike to School Day.

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