Thanks to Alexei Koseff of Peninsula Press for this excellent piece on efforts to get East Palo Alto youth walking and biking safely.
With funding from the California Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program, Ravenswood officials conducted a traffic study around each school in the district. Now, they are working with the city to address trouble spots where... read the whole note.
Each month, Redwood Shores Elementary hosts a themed Walk N' Roll day. For December, the theme was "Winter Walk." Just as the name suggests, the winter weather came along for the walk offering rainy skies. Though the rain did fall, the sun continued to shine. And what did this bring? A DOUBLE RAINBOW! Kids were bowing down to the rainbow in excitement; it was quite the sight.
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On this crisp December morning, the Santa Clara Safe Routes to School team led a Walking School Bus for Briarwood Elementary School-the theme was an "Umbrella Walk." The sun may have been out, but each breath of air condensed into a tiny, temporary cloud of white. Even with the cool temperatures, Briarwood Elementary students still participated in our walk and bike to school day.
Once... read the whole note.
Do you remember walking to school? Maybe you were even lucky enough to ride your bike. Thirty years ago roughly 50% of students walked to school. Those numbers have dropped to an astounding 16% in 2001 and will continue to decline as a sedentary lifestyle becomes the norm. It’s time to take action and change this mind set! The Safe Routes to School Team has recently scheduled monthly walk... read the whole note.
Redwood Shores Elementary is the ideal school for walking and biking safely. The school is located in a pancake flat community surrounded by an abundance of bike paths separated from the main road. They even have a bike path that winds right into campus!
With such great walking and biking paths, it's easy to chose active modes of transportation. It makes it even easier when Redwood... read the whole note.
Fall has arrived and with it comes school festivals. The Santa Clara Safe Routes to School Team has been busy keeping students active in the dreary weather with stationary bike races. Sutter Elementary held their annual Sutterfest event on October 19th where 260 students raced, traveling roughly 30 miles. Haman’s Fall Festival was on October 26th with over 160 racers pedaling more than 25... read the whole note.
In addition to working in the Santa Clara School District, the Safe Routes to School team has made their way north to the Belmont/Redwood Shores district.
These schools have made impressive efforts to encourage more walking and biking. At Cipriani Elementary, the school made a designated space to store bikes since so many students brought their bike to the rodeo. The walls at Cipriani... read the whole note.
On October 3, 2012, over 40 countries participated in International Walk to School Day. Locally, Santa Clara Safe Routes to School worked with five schools in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, bring awareness to walkable communities, and start an active lifestyle by walking or biking to school. Students were encouraged to use active transportation to get to school by walking, riding a... read the whole note.
On Friday evening, September 28th, our Santa Clara Safe Routes to School team arrived at Montague Elementary School with the car packed tight. We had a large box of helmets, supplies to put on a "Snail Race," a "Map My Route" table, and a picture board for the kids to put their faces through, transforming them into a sun riding a bicycle. Calmar Bicycles helped out too, volunteering to assist... read the whole note.
Please help me welcome the newest additions to SVBC's Safe Routes to School program team, Ashley Hernandez and Megan Melack! They will be working with Ernesto to strengthen and expand our youth bike education efforts. They are both passionate about bicycles and working with youth. We're so happy to have them!
Ashley Hernandez Ashley is a passionate mountain biker who graduated from Cal... read the whole note.