city of santa clara
If anyone knows how to have a good time on a bike, it's a kid.
Haman Elementary School held its first Family Bike Night last week, in which over 100 students and their parents brought their bikes and enjoyed an evening of biking activities. They were greeted with race plates to mount on their bikes, water bottles to stay hydrated, and a blacktop waiting for their bikes. Big Wheels,... read the whole note.
How do you get people to walk or bike?
The Santa Clara Safe Routes to School program held its second task force meeting yesterday. City Officials, SVBC, Santa Clara Unified School District, and school representatives met to talk about ways to make our communities more walkable and ways to get students walking to school. With fewer and fewer students walking to school we need to think of... 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.
The Tour de Santa Clara is a free event highlighting local bicycling resources. The event is Saturday, May 12 from 10:00am-2:00pm at Bowers Park in Santa Clara. Participants are encouraged to discover bicycle routes highlighting City landmarks and services, pick up tips on safe cycling, and enjoy fun giveaways from local businesses. This event is sponsored by the City of Santa Clara Youth... read the whole note.
After weeks of planning, researching, and scheduling, we finally had our first opportunity to take our youth bike education to the streets! We went to Scott Lane and Montague on Monday, and Sutter, Haman, Bowers, and Briarwood on Tuesday, bringing our games and videos along with us. The fourth-grade students we met were all fun and funny kids - very enthusiastic about everything we did, and... read the whole note.
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.
In East Palo Alto, we... read the whole note.
As the newest member of the SVBC team, my first few days were spent getting to know the office, finding my way around Santa Clara, and learning how to use a PC. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’ve been getting down to business on the Safe Routes to School curriculum.
It’s been exciting to look around at the other counties and states doing different Safe Routes programs, and see... read the whole note.