NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Bike to School Day
Bike Trains Roll Across the County
Thirty-three schools held Bike to School Day events across the county in May, adding nine more schools than last year.
Bacich Elementary School held a Community Coffee Social where 11 separate organized rides converged led by Neighborhood Captains. Highway Patrol, County Sheriff, and Kentfield Fire Dept escorted the rides, along w/ many parents, teachers, and school staff. The Village Peddler bike shop in Larkspur set up a "Bike Safety Station" in the Bacich Quad to pump up tires, check helmet safety, and do quick bike safety checks. The County Sheriff was on hand to collect Bike Registrations to help find stolen bicycles in the district.
Neil Cummins, Hall and Redwood schools joined forces for their annual ride utilizing the bike paths in Larkspur and Corte Madera to reach their respective schools.
At Neil Cummins: 178 bikes, 6 scooters, and 1 skateboard parked throughout the campus. This is 29 more than last year!
At Hall: 164 bikes and 4 scooters parked throughout campus. This is 48 more than last year!
Hundreds of students and parents met at Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon to bike to the three Reed School District Schools. Events were held throughout the county. The bike racks were full at Old Mill, Wade Thomas, Brookside, Glenwood, Manor, and Lycee Francais. Reports continue to come in.
Safe Routes Infrastructure Being Designed
Public works departments throughout Marin are currently planning and designing several infrastructure projects aimed at improving walking and bicycling conditions. San Rafael is designing sidewalk improvements along Lindaro Street to serve Davidson Middle School. Mill Valley is designing a multi-use pathway along Camino Alto and pedestrian crossing improvements on Miller Avenue to assist students traveling to Mill Valley Middle School and Tam High School.
San Anselmo is planning a number of pedestrian and bicycle projects, including sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and traffic calming enhancements in the vicinity of Lower Brookside Elementary, Upper Brookside Elementary, and Wade Thomas Elementary schools. Novato is designing pathways, extended curbs and high-visibility crosswalks to serve Lynwood Elementary School, and new sidewalks and bicycle lanes near Sinaloa Middle School.
The County of Marin continues to stay busy designing and implementing Safe Routes projects, including crosswalk enhancements at Lagunitas School in West Marin.
Keep Funding for California's Safe Routes to School Program
Changes to policy affecting Safe Routes to School are afoot in Sacramento! The National Partnership is working with our partners to protect and grow funding levels for critically important programs that benefit all bicyclists and pedestrians in the state. Governor Brown is proposing to create a new Active Transportation Program with his 2013-14 budget to make California a leader in bicycle and pedestrian transportation, but we are asking for your support of a petition that urges the Administration to first address several concerns. The proposed new program consolidates several existing programs, including Safe Routes to School (see details below), in order to focus state investment on active transportation safety and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Sign the petition to Governor Brown here:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M7M5J5L
Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and a coalition of organizations to ask Governor Brown to:
1) Match 2012 funding levels initially and grow the program funds in the future,
2) Maintain minimum guarantees for Safe Routes to School, Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation, and Recreational Trails within the new program structure,
3) Ensure adequate staff at Caltrans to administer the new program, and
4) Engage stakeholders in shaping the Active Transportation Program, selecting future projects, and prioritizing social equity.
Please sign the petition today (individuals and organizations are both encouraged to sign on) and spread the word so we can get thousands of signatures!
California State Assembly and Senate Budget Committee Hearings
Dates: Wednesday, March 13 at 9 AM, and Thursday, March 14 at 10 AM
Decisions will be made at these key hearings on the funding and program structure for Safe Routes to School andthe Administration’s proposedactive transportationprogram.View the concerns with the proposal here. These decisions will impact the health, safety, and environment for all Californians.