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.
Are you a school teacher or administrator, parent, or member of an organization that would like to bring more biking and walking to your neighborhood school? Here is a terrific chance for some funding to improve young students' access to active transportation. The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each. These mini-grants... read the whole note.
The federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that seeks to improve safety and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school has recently been considered as one of the five programs the House of Representatives may vote to terminate. Fortunately, this program avoided the majority vote this week and was not selected as the option the public could vote on cutting through the YouCut... read the whole note.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, which is hosted by the non-profit Bikes Belong Foundation, seeks an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced professional with a successful track record in leading fundraising campaigns with corporations, foundations and individuals to serve as Development Director. The Partnership is a network of nearly 500 organizations which are working to make... read the whole note.
SVBC supports Safe Routes to School efforts in Santa Clara County primarily through our partnership with Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN). Amazingly, TCSN still has some availability to provide additional student traffic safety education at local schools in April and May! These can be student presentations, assemblies or bicycle rodeos.
Schools generally respond to input from... read the whole note.
Good news broke out in a late night session of the Cupertino city council. Last night, at around 11:30 PM, the Cupertino City Council adopted a resolution and voted to deny a petition by residents on Scenic Circle who wanted to prevent access to the park's trails from their neighborhood.
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Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition members and volunteers were on hand to... read the whole note.
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership needs our help to make biking and walking to school part of the nation's efforts to combat childhood obesity:
Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Let's Move initiative to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. An important component of that effort is the new Task Force on Childhood Obesity,... read the whole note.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects in the Bay Area have recently gotten a shot in the arm. SVBC, together with the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, worked with the Metropolitan Traffic Commission (MTC) to secure SRTS funding in the Commission’s recent "Climate Action Plan." There is $17 million available for SRTS projects across the Bay Area, with $1.43 million and $4.04 million going to San... read the whole note.