Here's the latest from Laura Smith of the Campbell Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Many of the main projects are status quo. They are: Campbell Avenue Portals Project - still in the design phase; Winchester Boulevard Improvements Phase II - waiting for water service installation and median island planting; Hacienda Avenue Improvement Project - the project will be advertised in the Spring of 2014; and the Highway Safety Improvement Project - waiting for a response to the application that was submitted. Hopefully there will be more to report on these projects next time.
Safe Routes to School Presentation: Alice Kawaguchi, RD, MPH gave the group a presentation that really sounds exciting. The Safe Routes to School or SRTS program has been funded for four years. The goal of this program is to encourage kids to bike to school. Many benefits will result from this:
- less traffic congestion because fewer parents will be driving their children to school each day,
- the children's health will improve and with the concerns about childhood obesity, this is a very good way to increase their exercise level
- children who are physically active do better academically, and
- the whole community is involved.
For instance, on October 9th, Castlemont School had a Bike/Walk to school event. Other such school/community projects are planned and there are other ideas for community involvement as well. One neighborhood had a "family bike ride" that was a bike ride of about three miles that involved both parents and children and ended with a party in a nearby park. This type of event takes a lot of planning and part of the SRTS is to provide training for those interested to leading/organizing a community event. For more information, please contact: email@example.com or www.sccphd.org.