International Walk and Bike to School Day 2014

October 8th is International Walk to School Day! We are again encouraging parents,students, and school administrators to walk or bike to school to celebrate this event promoting active transportation. You can view suggested walking and biking route maps, as well as other useful information located in the Resource page.

Additional educational and encouragement support will soon be provided to many elementary and middle schools in Santa Clara… stay tuned.

International Walk (or Roll) to School Day

The whole community gathered to walk to school together.

The whole community gathered to walk to school together.

International Walk (or Roll) to School Day was on October 9th where hundreds of students in Santa Clara made the car-free commute to school.  The day was celebrated in thousands of schools across America and throughout communities in more than 40 countries.  Scott Lane Elementary 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!  These events help promote physical activity, environmental awareness, and safer streets, while building a sense of community.    Santa Clara schools will continue to celebrate through the month of October and will hopefully continue to make car-free choices the rest of the school year.

Rise and Shine it’s Walk n’ Roll Time!

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The City of Santa Clara Safe Routes to School Program will celebrate walking and bicycling to school throughout the month of October.  This year, six elementary schools and one middle school that are participating in the City’s Safe Routes to Schools program will join thousands of families across the county and the state in walking and bicycling to school.

From kindergartners to eighth graders, thousandsof students are expected to “walk ‘n roll” to school. International Walk & Bike to School Day is celebrated on October 9th, but some schools will celebrate on other days in October. Check with your local school for more details. You can find out more about International Walk & Bike to School Day at www.walkbiketoschool.org.

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Welcome Back, Rethink Your Commute!

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.  Santa Clara’s Safe Routes to School programs have begun, and throughout the fall, we will continue to educate students on the rules of the road for pedestrians and bicyclists.  In addition, the Safe Routes team is planning fun activities and events to encourage students to walk or roll.  There are many opportunities for community members, families, students, and schools to get involved.  Plan a walking school bus with your neighbors, join a group bicycle ride to school, and keep an eye out for International Walk and Bike to School Day in October.  If you would like to volunteer to help bring these programs to your school please contact Santa Clara Safe Routes at santaclarasr2s@bikesiliconvalley.org  Together we can help build a healthier community.

National Bike to School Day

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.

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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

Make Your Voice Heard: 2013 Santa Clara SR2S Parent Surveys

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!

International Walk and Bike to School Day

On October 3, 2012, over 40 countries participated in International Walk and Bike to School Day.  Locally, the Santa Clara Safe Routes to School (SR2S) team worked with six Santa Clara schools in an effort to promote active commutes, reduce traffic congestion, and generate awareness for more walkable and bikeable communities.  Students were encouraged to use active transportation to get to school by walking, riding a bicycle, or using a scooter or skateboard. Once at school, they were offered rewards to recognize their positive efforts.

At Juan Cabrillo Middle School, students were greeted with lively music and snacks as they arrived by foot, on bikes, skateboard, and scooters.  The school’s Leadership Class, comprised of twenty-five superb students, spearheaded the planning and execution of this grand event. The club made posters to advertise the event weeks before and also helped plan all the details for the big morning.  Posters and balloons decorated the court yard along with a ‘Map Your Route’ table for students to show where they walked or biked from, a refreshments table where students could refuel and rehydrate, and a prize table  that showcased raffle prizes including locks, helmets, water hydration packs, and bike lights.  To ensure the accurate tracking of participants, four groups of leadership students were positioned around the boundaries of the school to give students a hand stamp and raffle ticket as they approached the school.  The hand stamp allowed students to get a snack and drink while the raffle ticket allowed them to be entered in the drawing.  The energy level was high that morning as students arrived to the sounds of music and interactive activities. The event generated a lot of enthusiasm among the student body and reminded everyone that walking and biking to school can be fun, healthy, and rewarding.

Four elementary schools also celebrated International Walk and Bike to School Day. Bowers, Briarwood, Haman, and Montague elementary schools greeted students with a Hydration Station and Travel Tally Chart. The Hydration Station included apple juice, water, clementines, and stickers for students who participated by either walking or rolling (bicycling, skateboarding, or scootering), and those who took the bus.The Travel Tally Chart had five modes of transportation to choose from: Walking, Rolling, Bus/Transit, Car, or Carpool.  Students were asked to place a sticker dot based on how they arrived at school that morning, and those that walked or biked were eager to display their accomplishment on the board. Of the hundreds of students that participated in this activity 41% at Bowers, 31% at Briarwood, 56% at Haman, and 61% at Montague indicated that they walked or rolled to school. All schools showed increase in active commutes, considering most schools average about 24% of walkers and bikers. Sutter Elementary will be celebrating Walk and Bike to School Week from October 8-12.

The students and parents at all school sites expressed great interest in the event. One parent stated, “This is great. My son told me this morning that we couldn’t drive to school today, that we needed to put on our walking shoes.” This was a great event to showcase the many benefits active commutes offers to students, parents, and the entire community around schools. All of the participating schools expressed interest in continuing to promote more walking and biking to school through similar events and activities.

A big thank you to Silicon Valley Power, who generously donated healthy snacks and refreshments for all participating schools!

Montague Bike to Family Fun Night a Success

On September 28, 2012, Montague Elementary held Bike to Family Fun Night from 5-6pm.  The Safe Routes to School team was present, working to make this event fun and educational for both students and parents. We hosted a “Snail Race,” free mechanic work (provided by Calmar Bicycles), a picture board, and lent helmets to those in need.  We had over 70 students and parents with bicycles come to the event.  This exceeded our expectations and turned out to be a huge success.  For the hour we were present, kids continuously participated in the “Snail Race”, the mechanic helped fix about 40-50 bicycles, and parents captured many photos of their kids’ smiling faces in the picture board. There were many kids that were using their bikes for the first time in months; they were clearly excited to be riding them too! The blacktop was bustling with kids riding their bikes.

This event also served as an opportunity to gather feedback from parents about “Safe Routes to Schools Maps” that were developed for parents and students to utilize for walking and biking to school.  Once the maps are complete, they will be made available to the entire school, which can also be used to identify walking school bus routes.

Crystal Martin, our SRTS champion and teacher at Montague exclaimed, “Family Fun Night went amazingly! All of the parents and students have been talking about how much fun it was and how great it was that they were having bike repairs.”  Bike to Family Fun Night was a great community-building event.

If you are interested in hosting a similar event at your school, please email santaclarasr2s@bikesiliconvalley.org.


 

International Walk and Bike to School Day is October 3rd

Mark your calendars for October 3rd; International Walk and Bike to School Day is coming! Santa Clara schools along with others in over 40 countries will be celebrating this event by encouraging their students to walk, bike, skateboard, scooter, or use any other mode of active transportation to get to school.  This event helps remind us all of the simple joys of walking and bicycling to school, the health benefits of daily physical activity, and the need for traffic safety around schools. Studies show that kids who walk to school have a lower chance of being obese, are less frequently sick, and do better in school.  Why wouldn’t you want to encourage walking? Join this international movement and help make your community a more walkable and bikeable place.

If you are interested in helping promote this event at your school, contact your school principal or email santaclarasr2s@bikesiliconvalley.org.