On May 8th schools nationwide will take part in Bike to School Day by having children walk or bike to school, including right here in Santa Clara. The event builds awareness around the need for bikeable/walkable communities and safer routes to school. The event helps build stronger communities, safer neighborhoods, and sustainable programs to keep children using active transportation.
Santa Clara’s mayor, Jamie Matthews, and Council member Teresa O’Neill, local police officers, the 49er’s mascot, and many more will help to make the event a success. It is a wonderful opportunity for the city to recognize and encourage the need for more active transportation and healthier lifestyle choices within your community. This year’s event will fall during the annual STAR testing which is perfect given the need of physical activity for healthy minds. It has been shown that kids who are more physically active have better academic performance. As one of the seven schools participating in our program likes to say, “A healthy body makes a happy brain.”
Sutter Elementary School already got the wheels turning and celebrated the event on April 24th during their normally scheduled Walk and Bike to School Day. With more than 25 bikes filling the racks and over 50 walkers the event was a success. Keep an eye out for other Bike to School Days as Santa Clara schools continue to celebrate throughout the month of May.
- May 2nd Montague Elementary
- May 8th Scott Lane Elementary
- May 8th Haman Elementary
- May 8th Briarwood Elementary
- May 8th Cabrillo Middle School
- May 13th -17th Bowers Elementary
The Santa Clara Safe Routes to School Program is teaming up with the City of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara Unified School District, and VTA to launch an exciting poster contest for students, grades K-8, in the City of Santa Clara.
Starting March 15th, students will be encouraged to submit posters that represent the goals of the Safe Routes to School program: making it safer, easier, and more fun to walk, bike, or take transit to and from school. Submissions will be accepted until March 29th.
Download the contest form and start drawing today!
Grand Prize: Your Poster on the Bus!
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It’s that time of the year again: the Santa Clara Safe Routes to School program is asking for your input. If you’re a parent of a student at one of the seven participating Santa Clara Unified schools, we want to know what you think of the Safe Routes to School program. Use this link to access our survey and fill it out; it should take less than 10 minutes of your day.
The seven schools in the program are:
- Bowers Elementary
- Briarwood Elementary
- Haman Elementary
- Montague Elementary
- Scott Lane Elementary
- Sutter Elementary
- Cabrillo Middle School
We’ll be accepting survey submissions until March 1st, so make sure you fill it out today!
As we prepare for the holiday season, the Santa Clara SR2S team wanted to share an early gift with you. Now available, both in this blog post and on our Resources page, is our First Year Report for the Santa Clara SR2S program. In it, you will find a comprehensive review of all our activities from December of 2011 through June of 2012.
First Year Look
Do you remember walking to school? Maybe you were even lucky enough to ride your bike. In 1969, roughly 50% of students across the country walked or biked to school. Those numbers have dropped in the following 40 years, to an astoundingly low 13% of students in 2009. The staff at Santa Clara Safe Routes to School is doing our best to reverse that trend.
Monthly Walk & Bike to School Days
The Santa Clara Safe Routes to School Team has recently scheduled monthly Walk and Bike to School Days at four elementary schools in the Santa Clara School District. Montague, Briarwood, Sutter, and Haman Elementary will all be having monthly themed walking events and group walking days to help promote a more active lifestyle. Montague got the ball rolling with a November Umbrella Walk. About 50 students showed their participation by adding their name to an umbrella poster.
November’s Umbrella Walk at Montague Elementary was a big hit
Sound Fun? Join In!
To join your school in its efforts, these are the days to write down:
- Haman Elementary: First Wednesday of each month
- Montague Elementary: First Thursday of each month
- Briarwood Elementary: Second Tuesday of each month
- Sutter Elementary: Last Wednesday of each month
These schools will look forward to Winter Walks (December) and Heart Health Walks (January) in the coming months. Want to join in the fun? We challenge everyone to get out of their seat and move their feet; every day can be a Walk and Bike to School Day!
Bring a Monthly Walk and Bike to School Day to You School
Interested in volunteering and/or leading a walking group during a monthly Walk and Bike to School Day? Talk to your school principal or email email@example.com. Don’t forget to check our calendar often to stay up-to-date on all Safe Routes to School happenings.
Pictured above: Jacob out-pedaled the rest of his age group to take 1st place at Sutterfest’s Bike Race booth.
Santa Clara’s Safe Routes to School Team has been busy helping kids get out of their seat and move their feet! We recently attended Walk-A-Thons at Sutter Elementary and Briarwood Elementary, where we held booths to cool students off in the beautiful summer weather of October! In addition, Sutter Elementary recently held their annual Sutterfest Festival where game booths, food stands, and a silent auction greeted students after school. Safe Routes held a “Bike Race” booth where over 260 students participated-- traveling a combined total of 30 miles as racers pedaled as fast as they could for 15 seconds. The winning speed was 32.1 miles per hour! Haman Elementary also held their Fall Festival last Friday where the Safe Routes team hosted another stationary bike race to encourage a more active lifestyle. Over 150 students pedaled nearly 25 miles at the haunted bike race booth!