Hillside Elementary School Gets a Bike Rack

BY  |  Friday, Sep 02, 2011 12:12pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Principal Michael Chiles of Montclair’s Hillside Elementary School just sent out the following letter announcing the installation of a bicycle rack on school property.
Dear Parents/Guardians:
Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year!
You may have noticed one less tree due to illness and some improvement to the grounds including the installation of a bicycle rack near the steps below the garden on Hillside Ave. For those parents who wish to have their children bike to school, Hillside will be providing a place where students can safely lock up their bikes starting the first day of school. 
Students should be cautious of all pedestrians and vehicular traffic around the school as Hillside is a very busy site in the morning and after school.  Please take some time this weekend to review safe routes to school with your children as this mode of transportation to school is a parent’s prerogative and responsibility.  This is not a school initiative as this is simply being of service to our families who choose this transportation choice. 
Please review guidelines and suggestions at the bike and walk Montclair website: (https:// bikewalkmontclair.org).  Hillside will provide a time and place for a presentation to parents who are permitting their students to bike to school. Meeting details to follow.

Mike Chiles

This news is a victory for parents, specifically Jen Savitch, who led the fight to change the principal’s policy on bikes.


  1. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  September 02, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    now this is big news to take everyone into the weekend with

  2. POSTED BY agideon  |  September 02, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    This is excellent news! My thanks go out to Jen Savitch and the other parents that pushed for this issue, and I hope that this is the start of increased parent involvement at the school (think: School Action Team or whatever it’s being called this year {8^).


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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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