NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Tiburon Bike Trains Keep on Rolling
The Tiburon Bike Train has turned Orange this year! Since the first day of school volunteer parents have stepped up to ride with children on the five mile trek from Belvedere to Bel Aire. After a one year trial of running a bike train funded by Tiburon, volunteers have ironed out the kinks and barriers. Their grass roots efforts are gaining some big support from local businesses. Bike trains are growing out of each neighborhood and from them, a visibility campaigned has emerged. The Belvedere group calls themselves The Orange Bicycle Team and have applied for a grant from The Belvedere Community Foundation to purchase orange helmets.
David Ross, a parent who rides every day to and from Belvedere to Bel Aire, says, "It's all about the orange and being visible. Kids don't always make the right choices so its up to the adults to watch out for the kids." For this reason an orange helmet makes a lot of sense. Children are required to wear helmets by law when they are biking, they're easy to put on and take off, and in this case, if you are wearing the helmet, volunteers know you've signed a waiver and learned how to ride through a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. The children learn the safest route and are knowledgeable about riding in a group.
Those who are independent of the "Orange Bike Team" riding from other neighborhoods, still show their support, still ride as a group in a bike train and even show their support when they ride wearing their own bright orange socks, gloves or backpacks. The bright orange is a warm glow flickering throughout Belvedere and Tiburon as if to say thanks, Tiburon, for starting the bike trains. We're going to keep it rolling!
One More Green Trip
“One more green trip” is the pledge of the day at Sinaloa Middle School in Novato. Each student who pledged to walk, bike, carpool, or bus one more day per week, put their name on a piece of fabric and tied the fabric to the fence line – right at the front of the school. The Teens Go Green club hopes that the green will visually remind students to do their part to help the environment. If every student in the school were to make the pledge, there would be 20% fewer cars coming to the school on any one day.