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Bicycling to school was discouraged. So a PineCrest parent rallied to make it safer

Bicycling to school was discouraged. So a PineCrest parent rallied to make it safer

It started to rain when the fleet of bicyclists was about to depart after school on Thursday afternoon. In front of the main gate of…

Saturday, Mar 19

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It started to rain when the fleet of bicyclists was about to depart after school on Thursday afternoon.

In front of the main gate of PineCrest Elementary School in Central Kitsap was a group of eight students ranging in age from 8 to 11, five West Sound Cycling Club volunteers, parent and bicycling advocate Amanda Wanner and bike instructor Brian Watson. The group — for the first time after three bicycle-safety courses on the school’s campus — took a ride on Pine Road.

Vehicles slowed down when seeing the group, donning bright yellow vests, on the road. The fleet turned onto Sylvan Way and stopped temporarily in a neighborhood on Springbrook Lane. The group was split into several pairs so students could be supervised one-on-one as they rode around Pearl Street and Gillette Avenue.

This moment was years in the making, starting five years ago when Wanner and her family moved from Seattle to Bremerton.

Unable to afford a car, Wanner biked everywhere with her child, Dylan, when they lived in Seattle. In 2018, after settling down in Bremerton, Wanner said she realized her neighborhood was not bike-friendly.

"Moving here was hard because it was an adjustment not getting to bike everywhere and having to learn how to find my ways throughout the county," Wanner said. "Like, what streets are better to ride on and what streets I should stay away from."

Wanner pushed Kitsap County to pave the shoulder on Pine Road, even going so far as meeting with county officials, but that plea […]

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