St. Vrain Valley Schools lauded for employee bike program

The St. Vrain Valley School District, through its bikeshare program and education efforts for administrative employees, became the first school district to be designated as a bicycle-friendly business by the League of American Bicyclists earlier this month.

While individual schools and universities have obtained the designation through the league's business category, St. Vrain is the first district to be certified, league spokeswoman Elizabeth Murphy said. Longmont has been certified as a bike-friendly community since 2004.

The district earned the silver-level designation because of a nascent five-bicycle bikeshare program for employees at three of the administrative buildings — two bikes are stationed at the Pratt Parkway office, two bikes are at the office at Ninth Avenue and Main Street and one bike is out at the Clover Basin facility.

Ryan Kragerud, an SVVSD planner who initiated the bikeshare program and applied for the bike-friendly designation, said he was supported in his efforts by his higher-ups.

"The district really promotes wellness and healthy living and being more active," Kragerud said. "There are more standing desks and we're taking steps to get people more active throughout the day. (Superintendent Don) Haddad has been pushing for walk-and-talks where we hold a meeting walking around the facility or down the greenway... If you're going to spend a half-hour in a meeting discussing student enrollment you might as well do it outside."

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