Santa Clara Safe Routes to School Announces Student Poster Contest

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.

SC_SR2S_PosterStarting 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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December Santa Clara SR2S Update

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

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Santa Clara Safe Routes Introduces Monthly Walk and Bike to School Days

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  Don’t forget to check our calendar often to stay up-to-date on all Safe Routes to School happenings.