On this National Bike to School Day, look at this example of perseverance and love. The dynamic duo pictured here are a Laurel Dell father, Brian Gleason, and his daughter Ava. For two years now, they have been biking over a mile-and-a-half to school at least three times a week.
Ava says that she started riding to school with her parents when she was only seven years old and was in first grade. Now, biking is part of a normal routine that she follows mostly with Brian since her motherâ€™s bicycle was stolen.
The fact that they are determined doesnâ€™t mean that the logistics are simple for father and daughter. Since the parents separated about a year ago, Brian rides most days by himself from Union Street in San Rafael, where he lives, all the way to H Street, to the momâ€™s house. From there, they go East and South to Laurel Dell. Brian points out that the roads around Avaâ€™s momâ€™s house are safer since they are mostly back roads, whereas, when coming from his house there are many people driving too fast.
However, they wouldnâ€™t give up their ride for anything. â€śThis is an opportunity for my daughter and I to spend quality time togetherâ€¦ and itâ€™s fun, huh?â€ť says Brian, looking at his child.Â â€śAnd I love it when we stop and get ice cream on the way back home,â€ť adds Ava.
While buckling up her helmet and leaving for home in her colorful bike, Ava shares a safety message: â€śYou should always wear your helmet. If you donâ€™t do it, you might hit a fence, get hurt, and end up in the hospital.â€ť