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... read the whole note.
SVBC is happy to announce that we are beginning work on a Safe Routes to School program in Ravenswood City School District, which includes schools from both East Palo Alto and Menlo Park in San Mateo County. The San Mateo County Office of Education was inspired in part by the September death of a six-year-old girl in a crosswalk in East Palo Alto and has planned a two-year program to make... read the whole note.
Californian bicycle leaders: (l to r) CBC board member Andrew Casteel, Safe Routes to School National Partnership Executive Director Deb Hubsmith, CBC Communications Director Jim Brown and Executive Director Dave Snyder, and our own Corinne Winter enjoy a bonding moment.
Last weekend, Corinne and I headed down to the California Bike Summit - in the car capital of the country, Los... read the whole note.
When it rains, it pours! October has had me burning the candle at both ends as I implemented our Bike and Walk to School Month program at Anne Darling Elementary School and coordinated the final push leading up to our Fourth Annual Dinner.
The Dinner takes place next Tuesday, November 1. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, you're going to have to wait until next year. We have... read the whole note.
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... read the whole note.
A couple of years ago, SVBC joined together with assorted regional advocates to encourage MTC to create a Safe Routes to Schools funding stream to help get communities up and running with Safe Routes programs. We were successful--as a result, VTA received $4.039M and C/CAG received $1.429 (the money was distributed relative to population).
VTA decided to run a competitive grants program... read the whole note.
SVBC and Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN) of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department are looking for volunteers to help evaluate and assess motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycling behaviors in elementary and middle schools throughout Santa Clara County. These assessments will be conducted during the 2011/2012 school year.
As part of the Safe Routes to School assessment... read the whole note.
SVBC would like to thank Michael Lee Environmental Foundation for its recent grant in support of SVBC's youth bicycle education efforts in San José.
The grant will enable us to work with a local elementary school to establish a once-weekly pair of group-commutes to school that will utilize biking and walking, instead of motor vehicles. Students will learn about the environmental... read the whole note.
Act now to Ask your Senators to support the Safe Routes to School bill!
This week, twelve Senators - led by Senators Harkin (D-IA), Sanders (D-VT), and Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation (S. 800) to sustain and strengthen the federal Safe Routes to School program. Congress is looking to scale back transportation spending - so it's critical that we send a strong message that the... read the whole note.
"Small boys and girls should not be allowed to ride their bicycles on the sidewalk" was the opinion of one San Jose mother in a January 11, 1938 San Jose Evening News article (on page 19 of 24). Although the number of children who ride or walk to school has decreased since this 1938 editorial was written, bicycle safety for children is a growing concern given the congestion that has increased... read the whole note.