NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Marin City Kids Get a Valentine: New Bikes
Marin City children received new Diamondback Junior Viper Bikes thanks to Turning Wheels and Corporate Visions. They partner to lead team building workshops building the bikes and then give the bikes away. Performing Stars of Marin City was the lucky recipient and they, in turn contacted MLK school to offer the bikes. Safe Routes to Schools provided instruction for the students during class time and on Saturday, February 14 before leading them on a bike ride to test out their new bikes.
Safe Neighborhood committees are cropping up across the Ross Valley. Led by Supervisor Katie Rice's office, these committees are bringing together neighborhood groups, Safe Routes volunteers and school officials, law enforcement and county public works staff to address speeding and other unsafe driving behavior.
Committees have formed in Sleepy Hollow in San Anselmo (Brookside and Hidden Valley Schools), Oak Manor Drive in Fairfax (Manor School) and McAllister Street in Kentfield (Bacich and Kent Schools). In Sleepy Hollow the Safe Corridor committee is looking into vinyl banners with fun and suggestive safety messages. There have been several vehicle collisions at the curve of Oak Manor and the group is exploring similar safety campaigns to those of Sleepy Hollow.
McAllister street residents have requested no stopping and no parking signage during school hours, and they want to explore making McAllister one way. Safe Routes to Schools applauds Supervisor Rice for initiating these safety efforts in her district.
Bolstering Support for the Bay Area's Regional Safe Routes to School Program
In December, the staff from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Programming and Allocations Committee proposed extending the Regional Safe Routes to School (RSRTS) program by one year, but at half the funding ($2.7 million as opposed to the current annual allocation of $5 million) to respond to a shortfall in federal funds. Led by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, advocates weighed in that the RSTS is vital to support the health, safety, and education of children. Commissioners added that the RSTS helps MTC meet its adopted health, safety, and climate change goals. In the end, commissioners voted unanimously to direct MTC staff to make up the $2.3 million shortfall and present options for doing so to the commission within six months as part of a broader discussion of the next cycle of RSTS and One Bay Area Grant funding. More info.