Safe Routes at Reed School District
Hundreds Take to the Path on Bike to School Day
Photo by Peter Oppenheimer
All three Reed Schools met at Blackie’s Pasture to join bike trains to their respective schools. We had 236 bikes all total. 126 going to Bel Aire, 65 going to Del Mar and 45 to Reed. Safe Routes to School provided colorful buttons and Clif Kids provide fruit roll ups, stickers and a sign-in banner.
Matt Barnes at the Strawberry Fire Department arranged to have plenty of protection with fire trucks leading platoons of cyclists down Blackfield Drive and across Tiburon Blvd. Parents were delighted with the turn out and many were asking if we could do it more often.
Motor Mike, from the Tiburon Police Department, was back from his long leave of absence and spoke to children about the importance of wearing helmets and staying safe.
Dr. Steven Herzog, Superintendent of the Reed Union School District, was also present and rode his bike alongside the 126 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as they headed off to Bel Aire along Greenwood Beach Road. Dr. Herzog is very supportive of children riding bikes to school and is hoping to have the safest transitions from bike path to school property as possible. He has been working on the CART committee to help the Tiburon City Council find resources and remedies to existing barriers for cyclists.
Task Force Tackling Traffic on Tiburon Blvd.
The towns of Tiburon and Belvedere have joined forces to develop a plan to address the traffic congestion on Tiburon Blvd. The Community Action to Reduce Traffic (CART) has been meeting since December 2011. Members include councilmembers and police from both communities, Reed School District and St. Hillary's representatives, Reed PTA, and Safe Routes to Schools. The committee has conducted a survey of Reed parents, has discussed bussing options with the school bus providers and has looked at solutions from other Bay Area communities. A Bike Train is under consideration for Fall 2013. . You can read the final report below.