October 9th was International Walk to School Day and was celebrated in thousands of schools across America and throughout communities in more than 40 countries. With the help of dedicated volunteers, SVBC’s Safe Routes to School team coordinated events at 17 different schools throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Scott Lane Elementary in Santa Clara had a record-breaking turnout for their Walking School Bus (a group that meets at a destination to walk to school together) with more than 90 participants walking to school together and over 120 students walking or rolling in general!
It's that time of the year when the streets fill with parents dropping off kids at school...let's rethink the morning routine and fill the sidewalks instead of the streets! It’s time to start thinking about pedestrian and bicycle safety as you plan your child’s commute to school. Avoid the traffic jams and reduce congestion at schools by walking or rolling to school this year!
Hedding Street gets a green make-over!
Have you taken the VTA buses or Light Rail recently? If so, you might have spied some creative work promoting biking, walking, and transit.
If anyone knows how to have a good time on a bike, it's a kid.
Do you remember the scientific method?
How do you get people to walk or bike?
When you can’t ride your bike to or from school, why not ride bikes at school? The SVBC Santa Clara Safe Routes to School Program teamed up with the YMCA after-school program at Bowers Elementary School to host the first Wheel Around Day on Friday, February 15th. The team was able to come and set up a course during the YMCA’s designated activity time to get the children to learn by doing.
With the New Year come new goals and getting more students to walk or bike to school is one of ours. Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” She was right; the small number of committed parents and students that showed up at our Santa Clara Safe Routes to School events in December doubled in size for January. Our Walking School Buses went from having a handful of students to families flooding the sidewalks.
How did you spend your Thanksgiving morning? I was one of the hundreds of people that rode to the top of Kennedy on a beautiful Thursday morning to enjoy the gorgeous view and pre-thanksgiving feast at the top! This was my first year participating in the event and I was totally astonished by the number of participants that braved the 2500ft climb and 14-16% grade. Talk about a great way to work up an appetite. There were people of all ages and fitness levels making the climb and many brave dads with trail-a-bikes hauling kids to the top.
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 and bike to school days at 4 elementary schools in the Santa Clara School District.
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 miles, many dressed in costumes. Two kids' bikes with speedometers were placed in trainers and students pedaled away to see who could get the fastest max speed.