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Middle School Students Collect Bikes

Safe Routes to Schools wishes to extend a warm thank you to Mill Valley Middle School Student Council and the Kent Middle School Eco-Action Club and community for the Bike Donation Drives this past month which brought in nearly 80 bikes for under-served families in Marin County.   It's extremely rewarding to think that thanks to their combined effort, there will be families biking together this summer in preparation for school next fall.

Safe Routes Improvements in Novato

The route to school could become safer this fall now that the Novato City Council has awarded a contract for curb extensions, crosswalks and sidewalks to provide safer access to two Novato schools.

Coastside Concrete of Santa Rosa was awarded $261,743 Tuesday to build the safety improvements affecting Lynwood Elementary and Sinaloa Middle schools. The money for the construction comes from a grant award for the Safe Routes to School program.


"These are the kinds of improvements we want to continue to make in our city that make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school and reduce congestion during peak periods," said Councilwoman Madeline Kellner. "It has benefits not only for the students and their families, but also for people who live in and visit Novato."


"This is good news because it will make the area safer for kids riding bicycles to school," said Novato resident Michelle Ganote. "Given that news, I will probably allow my son to bike now from where I live at Sandy Creek, if we can get a crossing guard."



Canal Women Learn to Bike

Seventeen women in the Canal district of San Rafael now have a way to get around thanks to the Women on Wheels program. The women participated in a pilot program to provide bicycles to disadvantaged Latino women and teach them how to ride.

They started in the classroom to learn basic rules of the road and then moved onto the blacktop to practice balance and control and other basic drills. On their final ride, they rode to downtown San Rafael and then went through the tunnel to the farmer's market at Marin Country Mart. Many of the women didn't even know that Larkspur Landing existed, let alone a 10 minute bike ride from their homes.

One of the women has already been spotted pulling her child on a trailer through the Canal. This will be their only means of transportation.

The program was funded by the League of American Bicyclists Women's Fund and the Sylvia Bingham Fund. Bicycles were provide by donations from community members including those donated to the middle school bike drives. We also are extremely grateful to Tam Bikes which supplied the new helmets.  


Caltrans’ endorsement of the NACTO guidelines is part of an ongoing effort to integrate a multimodal and flexible approach to transportation planning and design to provide Californians with more transportation choices. In 2012, Caltrans updated its HDM to facilitate the design of Complete Streets, which incorporates a multimodal approach to highway design. Caltrans also recently publishedMain Street, California – a Guide for Improving Community and Transportation Vitality.

Visit the NACTO website for more information on theUrban Street Design Guide, including photos and videos of new sidewalk and pedestrian facilities. The NACTOUrban Bikeway Design Guidealso includes photos and videos of protected bikeways and other innovative transportation design features.



Save These Dates:

Family Biking Workshops

Learn to ride with the whole family. 
Saturday July 26


Walk and Roll to School Every Wednesday

See the on-line Walk and Roll Wednesday guide

Bacich Students Travel Green


The Kentfield parent survey and found that 71% of  students participated in "Green Wednesday" by walking, biking or carpooling to school. The fall student surveys showed 51% traveled green to school. In the survey that went up to 66% in general and 71% on Wednesdays. 


The program is well-known in the district; 94% of respondents indicated that they've heard of the KSD Safe Routes to School Program. 


The program is having impact in the district; 35% of respondents indicated that their "travel to school choices" have become more "green" as a result of the KSD Safe Routes to School program.


Events and "Green Wednesday" scanning made the largest impact on influencing "green" travel changes; 44% of respondents indicated what most influenced their "green" travel changes were their children's desire to participate in events such as International Walk to School Day, National Bike to School Day and Green Wednesday scanning days at Bacich.

Bike Mobile a Big Hit

The BikeMobile has been making the rounds at Marin County Schools. The Bay Area BikeMobile hosts bike fix-a-thons at schools, community centers, parks, and community events across the San Francisco Bay Area. At these fix-a-thons, they help youth repair their bikes, teach mechanics an safety, and provide accessories when possible.


They have recently visited St. Rita, Hall and Miller Creek Schools in Marin. The mechanics worked for 3 hours cranking on bikes. Even some teachers at Miller Creek got a good tune up for their bikes. If you want to sign up for the Bike Mobile for your event or school contact