Safe Routes to School
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... read the whole note.
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!
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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.
Do you remember the scientific method?
Briarwood Elementary School recently held its Science Fair Night, during which the cafeteria was lined with student projects displaying everything from the effects of no soil on plants to the strength of magnets. However, this wasn't your typical elementary school science fair. The school invites members of the community to present and share the... 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.
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... read the whole note.
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... read the whole note.
To say that last week was an awesome bike week would be an understatement. The week started off at 7:00am on Monday as we began the setup for our first of eight bike rodeos that took place at multiple Santa Clara schools during the week. We had already conducted a series of indoor bicycle education classes at six elementary schools during the previous weeks, so it was time to put that... read the whole note.
At SVBC, we are committed to helping raise healthy and active children. Through our Safe Routes to School programs, we prepare children with the safety knowledge they need to stay healthy and active by bicycling and walking to school.
Not long ago, half of all children got to school by biking or walking. Today, just 15 percent of school children bike or walk to school. An international... read the whole note.