ROSELLE, NJ - The Grace Wilday Junior High School celebrated “International Walk and Bike to School Day” by hosting their annual bicycle ride and skills program from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the school.

With the help of the Roselle Police Department escort, the Wilday ride started at the school and continued into the street where riders completed a two-mile loop twice around the Roselle Country Club property and back to the school. 

The skills program took place in the Wilday parking lot before the ride. Riders were equipped with helmets and taught the right way to adjust them. Paul Mickiewicz from the Gateway Family YMCA Wellness Center in Union worked with the participants to feel comfortable riding their bike and learn control before starting the ride. The skills program focused on smooth starts/stops, scanning for traffic, recognizing hazards, bike control and the A,B,C, Quick Check.

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Free helmets were made available as a courtesy of Meadowlink TMA.

Maria Daroczi, a grandmother 79 years young, walked for more than an hour to the school to surprise her grandson, Mathew McGowan, who was riding in the event. “This is the first time he has ever ridden in this event,” said McGowan. “He was so excited that I don’t think he slept all night.” 

This event marks the fourth year that the Grace Wilday School has sponsored this event.