NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Creating a Safe and Fun Walk to School Culture
Volunteer Team Leaders at 34 elementary schools will receive week-by-week instructions on how to organize Walking School Buses.
The information will be drawn from the Marin Safe Routes to Schools guidebooks but instead of distributing the whole guidebook, they will receive little bites that will allow them to take on the program one step at a time.
Our goal this year is to have every school achieve at least a monthly Walk and Roll to School Day with the ultimate goal of holding weekly events. The Walking School Buses will further encourage more participation as there is safety in numbers and it becomes an enjoyable social activity and fitness practice for kids and parents.
If you would like to help organize a Walking School Bus at your school or in your neighborhood contact Laura Kelly
Sycamore Avenue in Mill Valley Becomes School Bike Route
The City of Mill Valley has installed a series of green Shared Lane Use Arrows - better known as "Sharrows" - and "School Routes" signage along segments of Sycamore and Locust Avenues and La Goma Street, which are recognized as routes to Mill Valley Middle School.
These sharrows and signage were successfully introduced along Safe Routes to Schools routes in Fairfax in what is now known as the Bike Spine. Mill Valley will be the second city in Marin to develop a designated School Route signage program along a well used corridor.
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.