NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Brookside School #1
Brookside School in San Anselmo is the number one school (out of 40 schools) to scan in student travel information using the web site Active4.me. On International Walk to School day Brookside scanned in 238 students. Brookside has been using scanning devices to log in students who walk and bike to school every Wednesday since the beginning of last school year. Since that time there has been a 55% increase in students walking and biking to school. Congratulations to Team Leader Deb Merten and her fabulous team.
Biking in Foul Weather
As the season grows colder and wetter; it doesn't necessarily need to be less active. We're blessed with California weather which means there will still be sunny days, and even though the temperature is a little nippy, that doesn't mean the kids have to stay indoors.
Here are a few tips for cold days:
- Wear full-fingered gloves
- Hats, hoods, headbands to cover the neck and ears (under the helmet too)
- Dress in layers; you warm up quickly when riding.
- Wear a wind-proof jacket
For rainy days:
- Wear bright colors
- Walk with school logo umbrellas
- Make sure your child has waterproof rain gear
There are Children Cycling on the Road
We occasionally hear this complaint – a driver notifies us that they witnessed a child or children bicycling in the middle of the road. “Shouldn’t they be on the sidewalk?” Not always, since in most of Marin’s cities children are allowed to ride on the sidewalk.
People are used to kids being relegated to sidewalks, but statistically riding on sidewalks can be less safe. Sidewalks cross driveways; creating conflicts between intersections as well as those turn conflicts. Many drivers are not looking for bicyclists when they pull out as they are looking in the road, not the sidewalk. Riding in the road is usually the more predictable place for a bicyclist.
When riding in the road, according to the California Vehicle Code (CVC) a cyclist is supposed to ride "as far to the right as practicable",which means "safe and reasonable". Generally this is three to four feet from the curb or from parked cars, which often is just to the right of the center of the road. So the next time you see a group of children riding in front of you, that actually might be the safest place for them to ride. Slow down, be patient, and remember for each of those bicyclists there is one less car on the road.