NMHS' Interact Club lends a hand to cyclists

The New Milford River Trail Alliance recently received a donation from the New Milford High School Interact Club and the Rotary Club of New Milford toward the purchase of a bike rack to be placed in town. Above, from left to right, Interact Club treasurer Nicole Callisen, secretary Ashley Loser, vice president Tiana Lungo and president Emily Day present the clubâÄôs portion of the donation to Tom OâÄôBrien, the alliance chairman, as Lisa Arasim, treasurer of the alliance, receives a portion of the donation from Dr. Peter Daubner, the Rotary ClubâÄôs advisor to the Interact Club. Courtesy of New Milford High School
The New Milford River Trail Alliance recently received a donation from the New Milford High School Interact Club and the Rotary Club of New Milford toward the purchase of a bike rack to be placed in town. Above, from left to right, Interact Club treasurer Nicole Callisen, secretary Ashley Loser, vice president Tiana Lungo and president Emily Day present the clubâÄôs portion of the donation to Tom OâÄôBrien, the alliance chairman, as Lisa Arasim, treasurer of the alliance, receives a portion of the donation from Dr. Peter Daubner, the Rotary ClubâÄôs advisor to the Interact Club. Courtesy of New Milford High SchoolContributed Photo

Come spring, bike enthusiasts will have a place to park their bikes while riding through New Milford.

The New Milford River Trail Alliance is encouraging cycling in the area and, once the weather warms up, will place bike racks at various locations downtown and at local parks.

Twelve bike racks are being paid for by sponsor-businesses and organizations in the community.

In addition, the Interact Club at New Milford High School is showing its support by teaming up with the Rotary Club of New Milford to make a donation of $775 toward the purchase of a bike rack.

The high school club raised the $387 -- their half of the donation -- through several fundraisers.

"There weren't any (bike racks) before," said Lisa Arasim, treasurer of the alliance. "People tied (their bicycles) up to a light post or bypassed town altogether."

Tom O'Brien, chairman of the alliance, said more and more people are on bicycles and "once they see the bike racks downtown and bikes on them, you'll see even more."

-- Deborah Rose