A lot of meetings today. First, met with CommUniverCity and SJSU Urban Planning professor to talk about efforts to promote biking and walking to schools located in the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace neighborhood in San José. As of now, we are planning a kids bike rodeo at Anne Darling Elementary School sometime in May, and also working on having students and volunteers host an Energizer Station at San Jose High for Bike to Work (School) Day. More details coming soon.
Then, met with other fellow members of the San Mateo County Air Quality Resource Team to begin planning a Commute Solutions Workshop for small and medium businesses in San Mateo County. The ultimate goal is to provide information to organizations who would like to promote more active and traffic-reducing modes of transportation such as bicycling, carpooling, telecommuting, and access to public transit, among others. SVBC is also part of the Santa Clara County Air Quality Resource Team where we plan similar projects, campaigns and programs offering commute solutions to companies and their employees. In Santa Clara County, we are currently working on a Green Business Certification Workshop, tentatively scheduled for May 17, where companies can learn about what it takes to become green business certified and how they can integrate programs to promote bicycling to work, among other commute alternatives. Confirmation of date and event details will be available soon.
Lastly, I met with Traffic Safe Communities Network and City of Sunnyvale staff to talk about implementation of Safe Route to School Programs aimed to increase walking and biking among elementary and middle school students. This is all part of a grant they just received from VTA to implement initiatives in over 30 schools throughout Santa Clara County. The goal is to get into these schools and get everyone — administration, parents, students and communities — involved to create sustainable changes that make it easier and safer for students to bike and walk to school.
Well, that was part of my day today. I'll keep you all updated as these things develop. Collaboration feeds progress.