Sharrows on Sycamore

The Amazing Bus Race

Bay Area Boosts SRTS

Kent Students Give Succulents

A Traffic Playground from Copenhagen

Youth Conference

Spare the Air Youth will be holding its second annual Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Family Biking and Bike Mobile

Receive free service on your child's bike and learn valuable skills on biking together

Location:Mill Valley Middle Schoolblack-top

Date:Friday, March 27, 2015

Bike Mobile:2:45 to 5:45pm pre-registration requiredFamily Biking workshop: 3:30 to 5:30

 

Protect Your Bike
from Theft

Marin County Sheriff’s Office Bicycle Registry Program is a free law enforcement service database of bicycles so that in the event of loss or theft, the likelihood of recovery will increase. It will take 1 min to register. Register online now.


 


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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.

 

January Blog

Parents Lead the WAy to Campus in Clusters of Waling School Buses

Wearing sneakers and a smile, parents at Sun Valley Elementary School are making walking to school a culture by creating a sustainable Walking School Bus program. Continue reading



The Amazing Bus Race

 


Students from the Terra Linda High School of Environmental Leadership hosted the Amazing Bus Race, Transportation Nation, event on Saturday, December 6.

The race followed weeks of preparation with presentations to 120 of their peers on the benefits of using public transit and some tools for using transit. The event had eight teams with 32 student participants.

Every team took a minimum of two Marin Transit buses and learned how to use Google Maps to plan for bus routes/times and how to use Day Passes / transit passes. The winning team of four students won GoPro Cameras. Additionally, students used a Spin the Wheel game to educate an estimated 60 community members on Marin Transit while the race was occurring.

This program is funded by a Spare the Air Youth grant and Marin Safe Routes to Schools.