Do you want to help teach important bicycling safety skills to youth? Join our hard working Safe Routes to School team as we strive to get more kids (and their parents) on bikes through interactive events and activities. This is a great way to refresh your biking safety knowledge while having a great time. In the upcoming weeks we will host several biking events where we will teach kids safe riding techniques, proper helmet fit, and most importantly, the fun of riding a bicycle!
What’s better than riding a bike on a nice summer afternoon? That’s exactly what over 20 youth were able to do as they participated in Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s first Summer Bike Camp during the week of July 30. The four-day camp took place at the Alma Youth Center in San José where kids ages 9-16 learned about bicycle safety and environmental stewardship.
SVBC would like to thank the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation for graciously providing a grant to fund a pilot summer youth bike safety education project in San Jose. The initial three-to-five-day summer program will focus on youth bicycle education while shedding light on the many health and environmental benefits pedaling has to offer. By working with MLEF to develop this program, we will be able to significantly expand our youth bike education efforts with community partners throughout the summer.
Literally, the month of May was jam-packed with youth bicycle and pedestrian rodeos that were conducted through the Safe Routes to School programs in Santa Clara, San José, and East Palo Alto. Altogether, with the help of fellow SVBC staff and volunteers, we conducted a total of 27 bicycle and pedestrian rodeos. These activities granted us the opportunity to teach important bicycle and pedestrian safety skills to over 600 students during the month of May.
To say that last week was an awesome bike week would be an understatement. The week started off at 7:00am on Monday as we began the setup for our first of eight bike rodeos that took place at multiple Santa Clara schools during the week. We had already conducted a series of indoor bicycle education classes at six elementary schools during the previous weeks, so it was time to put that knowledge to practice.
Once again, SVBC is partnering with the City of Sunnyvale, Traffic Safe Communities Network and Stanford Hospital Trauma Services to put on the second annual Sunnyvale Family Fun Ride on May 19, 2012. This event aims to bring families out to ride their bikes together and see how fun it can be to pedal around their community, with the ultimate goal of promoting Safe Routes to Schools. The three to five mile ride will begin and end at Ponderosa Park as it circles around two local schools -- Braly and Ponderosa.
Think back to your elementary school days; remember that distinct sound of echoing hallways, that alluring smell of the cafeteria/gymnasium during lunch when pizza was on the menu… and the bonus of chocolate milk. Well, these are the types of flashbacks I’ve been getting these past few weeks as I have been visiting schools all over the Peninsula and the South Bay.
I must admit that after having the last two weeks off work, it was a bit difficult getting up to the sound of an alarm in the morning once again. During my two weeks off I did a lot of eating and nothing. Now that I am back to work, I must also go back to school.
As you all may have heard, we are extremely excited about partnering with the San Mateo County Office of Education to implement Safe Routes to School programs at eleven schools in East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood City School District. The program will focus on promoting safety for all students and parents while they travel to and from school, whether they’re walking, bicycling or driving. But of course you know we’ll be encouraging as much walking as bicycling as possible.
At the end of Tuesday’s very successful Fourth Annual Dinner, someone told me, “I hope you don’t get post-event syndrome.” I told him that I never knew such a thing existed, but now I’m thinking there might be something to it.
First, I should start at the beginning. As you may know, my colleagues and I have been working very hard the last couple of months to plan, organize and put on the best SVBC Annual Dinner anyone has ever attended. We booked great speakers, found a great venue, and gathered amazing auction items.
On October 12, nearly two hundred students took part in a bike rodeo at Anne Darling Elementary School, where they learned how to ride their bikes safely by participating in four bicycling courses. Over a dozen volunteers helped teach students how to make right turns, left turns, exit out of a driveway, scan and look over their shoulder, and properly fit a helmet. All of this is part of the month-long Walk and Bike to School program in which hundreds of students at this school are participating.
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten my hands sticky with glue (the kind you can eat without getting sick), my fingers marked with a few paper cuts, and a whiff of those scented markers I used back in elementary. This past Monday, my colleague and I met with parents of Anne Darling Elementary students to get supplies ready for the walking school buses that will be taking place at that school every Wednesday in October.
Another amazing Bike Month has concluded and the results of the Team Bike Challenge and Company Bike Challenge have been finalized. Congratulations to all the participants who took part in this month-long event, but as always there can only be a few at the top. Here is a list of all the top performers.
Team Bike Challenge Winners:
Santa Clara County - Team Endurance from Tesla Motors Inc
San Mateo County - Team Blekko from Blekko
Company Bike Challenge:
First - Apple Inc.
Second - SunPower Corporation