Aurora first graders learn the joys of bike riding

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AURORA, Colo. — Three organizations teamed up Tuesday to give 80 Aurora first graders a chance to get a new helmet, bike and free learn-to-ride lessons.

Wish for Wheels, Bicycle Village and Vail Resorts all made bike awesomeness happen Tuesday for the first grade classes at Laredo Elementary in Aurora.

“I love riding bikes!” said Amelia Martinez.

Martinez actually confessed that she plans to sell her new bike, but she had a good reason for doing so.

“I already have a bike,” said Martinez, “and many of my friends don’t so I want them to have fun too, so I am going to ask some if they want my new bike.”

She promised not to put it on Craig’s List, but to conduct a friendly neighbor-to-neighbor transaction.

For others, who do not already have a bike, Tuesday was like Christmas or a birthday, granting them a new bike with all the bells and whistles.

Learning why helmets are important, how to get balance without pedals and how to navigate a playground with 80 other kids added to the fun of the afternoon.

“We just want kids to enjoy biking at an early age,” said Bike Village biker Hunter Jupiter. “Our goal is to get everyone in the saddle for biking fun, this is a program we stopped for a time, but now with our partners we’re glad to be back in the game.”

Judging by all the yelling and cheering on the playground Tuesday, the event was a hit.

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