The Vista Bike Club met this past Tuesday for their weekly ride around the roads of Westbrook. The Bike Club is made up of students and members from Vista that enjoy cycling and want to get out on a weekly basis to get in some exercise and explore Westbrook and the surrounding areas on two wheels.
Bike Club members and Program Counselor Roger Krasusky posing with their bikes.
Before setting out, the club members listened to music, enjoyed some cold water and healthy snacks before going over some road safety with Vista staff member and Bike Club advisor, Roger Krasusky. They checked helmets, went over the day's route, and prepared their bikes for the ride. "Bike club is inclusive, any student or member who wants to join can," Roger said. "The specific focus of Bike Club is to provide exercise and training about the rules of the road. It also helps students and members gain skills and confidence for the 5-mile Tour de Shore ride."
The Vista Tour de Shore is an annual cycling event and fundraiser featuring a variety of route lengths for cyclists of all abilities, starting at the Westbrook Elks Lodge and traveling along Connecticut’s scenic shoreline. The Bike Club was originally created to help prepare the students and members who wanted to participate. When asked what his favorite part of Bike Club is, Roger said that "students find enjoyment socializing, traveling and learning. Even on rainy days we watch videos about bike maintenance and learning. I have a great sense of pride when I see everyone smiling and enjoying their ride."
For the month of September we are focusing on the core value of Accountability, and the Bike Club exemplifies this value by showcasing our Student's level of responsibility, not only for their own safety but for each other. Just like crossing a crosswalk, taking the bus, and living on your own, there are inherent risks associated with cycling. By learning the rules of the road and by taking preventative measures, our students can add cycling to their independent living toolbelt.
More to come...