SR2S Boletín Invierno de 2023

SR2S Boletín Invierno de 2023

¡Haga del 2023 su Año de Viajes Verdes!

Programa de estímulo

Rutas Seguras anunciará su programa de estímulo para la segunda mitad del año escolar durante un almuerzo de voluntarios el 19 de enero en la Autoridad de Transporte de Marín en San Rafael. Las escuelas y los padres voluntarios tendrán mesas de bienvenida para saludar a quienes caminen o rueden para animar a las familias a elegir un medio de transporte ecológico a la escuela. Nuevo y emocionante este año: Los estudiantes de primaria tendrán la oportunidad de ganar una bicicleta Cleary por participar en el Desafío J.E.D.I.

Calendario de próximos eventos escolares – Primavera 2023

Miércoles de Caminar y Rodar (escuelas primarias)
– 1° de febrero

Desafío J.E.D.I. para ganar una bicicleta (escuelas primarias): 1° y 15 de marzo, 5 y 19 de abril, 3 de mayo

Día de Ir en Bicicleta a la Escuela (todos los grados K-12): 3 de mayo

Nominaciones al premio Héroe del Ciclismo (estudiantes de secundaria y primaria): Mes de mayo

Los eventos de la escuela intermedia y secundaria se personalizan según las necesidades de cada escuela.

Estudiantes Hispanos Reciben Cascos Gratis

Los regalos navideños llegaron temprano a 42 estudiantes de primaria en Novato. El 9 de noviembre, Rutas Seguras a las Escuelas junto con un miembro de la Junta Escolar, Diane Gasson, y Eric Lucan de Mike’s Bikes coordinaron la entrega de cascos ajustables a los niños que no podían costearlos. Los estudiantes beneficiarios fueron de las escuelas primarias Lynwood, Lu Sutton y Loma Verde.

“Este [regalo] es de gran ayuda para los padres que no tienen dinero para comprar cascos. Para mí, como madre de un estudiante, es un gran alivio pensar que mis hijos no tienen que andar en bicicleta sin casco”, dijo Kelly López, quien tiene dos hijos en Lu Sutton.

Los miembros del personal de Lu Sutton veían a niños andar en bicicleta y scooters todos los días sin la protección necesaria para la cabeza. La oficina expresó su preocupación a Rutas Seguras, quien transmitió el problema a la administradora Diane Gasson. Ella inició una campaña de GoFundMe entre los miembros de la comunidad de Novato para ayudar no solo a los estudiantes de Lu Sutton, sino también a los de Lynwood y Loma Verde.

Gasson le pidió a Lucan, quien es alcalde de Novato y director de marketing de Mike’s Bikes, si Mike’s Bikes podría colaborar.

“Coordiné con Eric Lucan y él pudo darme un precio [bajo] por los cascos, con el dial de ajuste en la parte posterior, en los colores brillantes que solicitamos. Entre los dos podríamos conseguir 42 cascos para los niños”, dijo Gasson.

La historia, cubierta por el Marín Independent Journal, se puede encontrar en: https://www.marinij.com/2022/11/09/safe-routes-to-school-donates-bike-helmets-to-novato-students/

Rutas Seguras Da la Bienvenida a la Nueva Coordinadora de Educación

Nativa del Área de la Bahía, Katy Varoni es la nueva Coordinadora de Educación para Rutas Seguras a las Escuelas. De ahora en adelante, ella es la persona de contacto para todas las escuelas interesadas en programar clases de seguridad para peatones y ciclistas para estudiantes en todo Marín. Katy reemplaza a Peggy Clark, quien estuvo con Safe Routes durante los últimos 15 años.

Anteriormente, Katy era maestra de escuela primaria en el condado de Marín y en el Este de la Bahía. Katy cree que si aprenden a andar en bicicleta temprano, los niños tendrán las habilidades y el entusiasmo para andar en bicicleta por el resto de sus vidas. Ella vive en San Rafael con su esposo e hijo.

Katy programará cursos de educación de Safe Routes para 10.000 estudiantes de 2.° a 12.° grado en 50 escuelas de Marín anualmente. Su enfoque será fomentar las conexiones con los maestros para traer personal de Rutas Seguras, bicicletas y cursos para que los estudiantes perfeccionen sus habilidades para peatones y ciclistas, mientras siguen las reglas de tránsito.

Para programar clases en las escuelas, comuníquese con  Katy@marinbike.org.

Ganadores del concurso Buddy Up

Catorce estudiantes de primaria fueron los felices ganadores del nuevo concurso Buddy Up realizado por Rutas Seguras este otoño. La organización recibió muchas historias inspiradoras de amigos, niños y niñas de diferentes orígenes y de todo Marín, que decidieron aceptar el desafío de encontrar con quién a la escuela caminando, en bicicleta, en autobús o en automóvil compartido. Aquí están los ganadores y sus conmovedoras historias.

Westin y Jase de la Escuela Primaria Olive

A Westin y Jase les encanta tesoros, como piedras, palos y diferentes hojas, monedas, clavos y “huesos de dinosaurio” en sus caminatas. Los tesoros que sobreviven el paso por la lavadora terminan una caja de colección que revisan y actualizan constantemente. Todos los días están emocionados de caminar juntos hacia y desde la escuela mientras continúan trabajándole a la colección.

Erin y Emerson de la escuela primaria Reed

Después de un difícil primer viaje en autobús para Erin en su segundo día de jardín infantil, su compañero de clase y nuevo amigo Emerson se ofreció a viajar con ella. La semana siguiente, se tomaron de la mano mientras subían al autobús (y durante todo el camino a la escuela). Rápidamente se hicieron amigos y ahora les encanta viajar juntos en autobús. Durante el viaje, comparten cartas y dibujos que hacen en casa. Recientemente, le han pedido a alguien nuevo que se siente con ellos todos los días.

Scottie y Gianna de la escuela secundaria San José

Scottie and Gianna love to bike to San Jose Middle School together. Recently, Scottie broke her arm, but that did not stop the pair from “getting their steps in” and walking together to and from school. They are each responsible for setting their own alarms, arriving at their meeting spot on time, and messaging their parents once they are off to school. They practice the same routine on their way home.

Aurora, Delaney, Eoldie, Hannah, Kate, Lila, Mackenzie, y Talia de la escuela primaria Bacich

Este grupo de estudiantes de tercer grado van juntos la escuela en bicicleta y los vecinos los han apodado cariñosamente “El Pelotón”, ya que son testigos de cómo aumenta su número a medida que recogen a más y más amigos en el camino. Les encanta estar en un grupo grande porque les facilita mantener el hábito de andar en bicicleta a diario, incluso cuando alguien no puede hacerlo. ¡Siempre hay alguien (y más a menudo mucha gente) con quien viajar!

Con un espíritu de amistad, sigamos uniéndonos para viajar juntos el próximo año, fomentando hábitos saludables, espíritu comunitario y buenos recuerdos mientras reducimos el tráfico caótico y la contaminación nociva. Como demuestran los ganadores del concurso Buddy Up de otoño, vale la pena el esfuerzo.

Calendario de Próximas Reuniones del Comité de Infraestructura

Si le preocupa la infraestructura al rededor de su escuela, aproveche esta oportunidad de ser escuchado y de que sus ideas potencialmente sean implementadas. Unase a nuestros comités de infraestructura vía Zoom.

  • Ross Valley – viernes, 13 de enero de 2023 a las 10:00 a. m.
  • Novato – jueves 18 de enero de 2023 a las 17:00
  • Kentfield – jueves 19 de enero de 2023 a las 9:00 a. m.
  • Reed – jueves, 25 de enero de 2023 a las 10 a. m.
  • West Marin – martes, 31 de enero de 2023 a las 7 p. m.
  • San Rafael – jueves 2 de febrero de 2023 a las 17:00

Comuníquese con Mónica Leifer a monica@marinbike.org si está interesado en la reunión o si desea una copia de las notas archivadas de las reuniones anteriores.

Estudiantes de 4° grado y su maestra Ganaron Concurso

Veinticuatro estudiantes de la Escuela Primaria Tam Valley y su maestra, la Sra. Sánchez, fueron los orgullosos ganadores de Pump It Up!, un concurso patrocinado y organizado por Rutas Seguras a las Escuelas. Los niños recibieron una fiesta de helados y la Sra. Sánchez recibió una mochila Ortleib. La clase fue declarada ganadora después de un rodeo de bicicletas realizado en octubre.

El nuevo reto Pump It Up! alienta a los estudiantes a practicar habilidades aprendidas durante los rodeos en bicicleta. Durante la semana siguiente a los rodeos, los maestros preguntan a los estudiantes cómo llegan a la escuela todos los días. Los conteos se informan a Rutas Seguras a las Escuelas y la clase con la mayor cantidad de caminantes y patinadores gana una fiesta de helados y el derecho a fanfarronear.

Street Smarts Alienta a Marín a Mantener sus ‘Ojos en Alto’

El final de noviembre marcó el final de otro lanzamiento exitoso de Street Smarts. Durante seis semanas, se recordó a los conductores, peatones y ciclistas del condado de Marín que mantuvieran los ojos en alto, es decir no manejar o andar por la calle distraídos, para mejorar la seguridad de todos.

Los residentes y visitantes del condado de Marín pudieron ver los mensajes en postes de luz, edificios, autobuses y céspedes en todo el condado. En línea, se compartieron imágenes relacionadas con la seguridad y se usaron coloridas firmas de correo electrónico para mostrar su apoyo y fomentar un comportamiento seguro. Esté atento a futuros lanzamientos en 2023.

Novedosos Programas Educativos en el Otoño de 2022

Safe Routes to Schools creó dos nuevos programas educativos este año que promueven cambios en el modo de transporte y aumentan la seguridad de los estudiantes.

Noveno grado Share the Road: San Marín High School, Novato

A principios de noviembre, Rutas Seguras regresó a la escuela secundaria San Marín en Novato para educar a 150 estudiantes de 9° grado. El objetivo principal de la clase Share the Road (Comparta la Vía) es identificar las principales causas de lesiones o accidentes fatales en las carreteras y cómo los estudiantes pueden evitarlos como peatones, ciclistas y conductores principiantes.

Los estudiantes también fueron invitados a unirse a los instructores de Rutas Seguras para practicar la seguridad vial en sus bicicletas y participar en un concurso al enviar un video sobre cómo aumentar la seguridad vial entre sus compañeros.

Esta primavera, Rutas Seguras traerá esta clase a otras escuelas secundarias con el objetivo de aumentar la educación sobre seguridad para los estudiantes mayores. 

Educación sobre bicicletas eléctricas: White Hill Middle School, Fairfax

Miembros de la comunidad han expresado su preocupación por la seguridad de los jóvenes que montan bicicletas eléctricas. Además de la instrucción “práctica” ya proporcionada a todos los alumnos de 6° grado de la escuela intermedia de Marín, la escuela secundaria White Hill solicitó que Rutas Seguras impartiera una clase dedicada a los estudiantes que viajan en bicicleta eléctrica. En noviembre, a 30 estudiantes de 6° a 8° grado se les enseñaron los requisitos legales para andar en bicicleta eléctrica, las reglas de tránsito y cómo para maniobrar un vehículo más pesado y desafiante. Los estudiantes y sus padres firmaron un compromiso de que viajarían con seguridad, obedeciendo las leyes de tránsito. Instructores de Rutas Seguras, junto con el programa E-Bike Smart Marin de la Coalición de Ciclistas de Marín, desarrollarán clases adicionales en 2023.

Escuelas de Sausalito Celebran los Logros de Ruby Bridges

El clima húmedo inminente y las bajas temperaturas no impidieron que los estudiantes de Martin Luther King en Sausalito caminaran y rodaran a la escuela el 1° de diciembre para celebrar el Día de caminar a la escuela por Ruby Bridges.

Ruby Bridges, una niña afroamericana, caminaba diariamente a una escuela para blancos en Nueva Orleans en medio de manifestantes enojados que les gritaban groserías a ella y a su madre en el camino. La perseverancia de Ruby fue fundamental en la eliminación de la segregación en las aulas.

Además de la caminata matutina, seis estudiantes líderes de la escuela intermedia les hablaron a los niños de primaria sobre las contribuciones históricas de Ruby.

Para ayudar a celebrar el Día de caminar a la escuela de Ruby Bridges, Rutas Seguras rifó diez balones de baloncesto entre los estudiantes de primaria que usaron sus pies para ir a la escuela.

El evento fue co-patrocinado por socios comunitarios del Distrito Escolar de Sausalito.

SR2S Boletín Invierno de 2023

SR2S Newsletter Winter 2023

Safe Routes will announce the deployment of its encouragement program for the second half of the school year during a volunteer luncheon on January 19 at the Transportation Authority of Marin in San Rafael. Dedicated school and parent volunteers will host welcome tables to greet walkers and rollers, run contests, and provide other actions such as all school assemblies to encourage families to choose a green way to school.  New and exciting this year, elementary students will have a chance to win a Cleary Bike for participating in the J.E.D.I Challenge.

Safe Routes to Schools has set the suggested dates for the elementary schools’ encouragement events. Depending on individual school schedules, the dates may vary. Middle and high school events are customized per school site.

Calendar of Upcoming School Events – Spring 2023

Walk and Roll Wednesday (elementary schools) – February 1st

J.E.D.I. Challenge to win a Cleary Bike
(elementary schools):
March 1 & 15, April 5 & 19, May 3

Bike to School Day (all K-12th grades):  May 3rd

Bike Hero Award Nominations
(middle and elementary students):
Month of May

Build Habits

In order to make 2023 your Green Commute Year, build habits now so your kids can join all the fun this spring. Walk, Bike, Bus, Carpool, Park and Walk to participate and make 2023 A GREEN COMMUTE YEAR for you and your community.

Walking and rolling to school, especially in brisk and rainy weather, helps to wake up sleepy-heads and allows kids to get their ya-yas out for a day of better learning. Walking and biking to school allows children to interact with their peers and build relationships, which can have a positive impact on their social development. This can also help children to feel more connected to their school and community, which can improve their overall well-being.

Pro Tips To Get Started

Start small and develop a consistent routine. Pick one day per week and set alarms 15 minutes early to begin. Routine builds healthy habits, but most importantly, you will develop memories to cherish for a lifetime. There’s nothing like the simple joy of splashing in puddles or finding treasures enroute to bring smiles to faces. If the full commute from home is inconvenient or the traffic is hectic, drive partway, then park and walk from a neighborhood with quiet streets and few intersections.

Inviting others to carpool or park and walk solidifies friendships and may even give parents a much needed break from their hectic, daily commutes as they take turns bringing kids to school. Not surprisingly, parents say that kids get out of bed faster when they can look forward to traveling to school with friends.

A Bay Area native, Katy Vanoni is the new Education Coordinator for Safe Routes to Schools. She is from now on, the contact person for all schools interested in scheduling pedestrian and bike safety classes for students throughout Marin. Katy replaces Peggy Clark, who was with Safe Routes for the last 15 years.

Before starting with her new job last September, Katy was an elementary school teacher in Marin County and the East Bay. Katy believes that by learning cycling early, children will have the skills and enthusiasm to ride for the rest of their lives.

Katy will be scheduling Safe Routes’ indoor and outdoor safety education courses provided to 10,000 students from 2nd to 12th grade at 50 Marin schools annually. Her focus will be on fostering connections with teachers to bring the Safe Routes team, bikes, and courses for students to hone their pedestrian and biking skills, while following the rules of the road.

Leading up to teaching in the Bay Area, Katy worked in various roles, including as an Art and Sports volunteer teacher to children in Belize. She loves cycling challenges such as sprint triathlons and the Three Bears ride. She obtained her League Certified Instructor certificate in 2011. She lives in San Rafael with her husband and son.

To schedule classes at schools, contact Katy@marinbike.org.

Safe Routes will miss Peggy Clark, who has been with Safe Routes since its early days. We wish her the best in her new endeavor.

 

Fourteen elementary school students were the happy winners of the new Buddy Up contest conducted by Safe Routes to Schools this fall.

The multitude of entries told the inspiring stories of many buddies, boys and girls from different backgrounds and from all over Marin, who decided to take on the challenge to find friends to walk, bike, bus or carpool to school together. Here are the winners and their heartwarming stories.

Westin & Jase from Olive Elementary School

Westin and Jase have always loved looking for treasures. They enjoy collecting rocks, sticks, and different leaves, among other things like coins, nails, and “dinosaur bones” on their walks. The items that do not end up going through the washing machine have made it into a collection box that they constantly look through and update. Each day they are excited to walk to and from school together when they continue to build their collection.

Erin & Emerson from Reed Elementary School

After a hard first bus ride for Erin on her second day of Kindergarten, her classmate and new friend Emerson offered to ride with her. The next week, they held hands as they boarded the bus (and for the whole way to school), and they haven’t looked back since. They  became fast friends and now love riding the bus together. During the ride, they share letters and drawings they make for each other at home. Recently, they have been asking someone new to sit with them each day. We are so grateful for the bus and for their friendship.

Scottie & Gianna from San Jose Middle School

Scottie and Gianna love to bike to San Jose Middle School together. Recently, Scottie broke her arm, but that did not stop the pair from “getting their steps in” and walking together to and from school. They are each responsible for setting their own alarms, arriving at their meeting spot on time, and messaging their parents once they are off to school. They practice the same routine on their way home.

Aurora, Delaney, Eoldie, Hannah, Kate, Lila, Mackenzie, and Talia from Bacich Elementary School

This group of third graders has been biking to and from school and affectionately been nicknamed “The Peloton” by neighbors who witness their numbers swell as they pick up more and more friends along the way. They are always looking out for each other, on the road and at school. They love being in a large group because it makes it easy to maintain the habit of riding every day, even when one or two people can not make it. There’s always someone (and more often lots of people) to ride with!

In the spirit of friendship, let’s continue to team up to travel together in the upcoming year, fostering healthy habits, community spirit, and fond memories while reducing chaotic traffic and unhealthy pollution. As our fall Buddy Up contest winners demonstrate, it’s well worth the effort.

Twenty fourth graders from Tam Valley Elementary School and their teacher, Ms. Sanchez, were the proud winners of the Pump It Up! contest sponsored and organized by Safe Routes to Schools. The children were awarded a popsicle party and Ms. Sanchez received an Ortleib backpack.  The class was declared the winner after a bike rodeo conducted in October.

The new Pump It Up! Challenge encourages students to put their skills learned during the bike rodeos to use. For a week following the rodeos, teachers ask students how they get to school each day.  The tallies get reported to Safe Routes to Schools and the class with the most walkers and rollers wins a popsicle party and bragging rights.

Check out the Safe Routes classes and see why students are excited when our trailer and Instructors roll onto campus. 

Pictured here is Mr. Sanchez’s class from Tam Valley Elementary – proud winners!

Looming wet weather and cold temperatures did not stop Martin Luther King students in Sausalito from walking and rolling to school on December 1 to celebrate the Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day.

Ruby Bridges, an African American girl, walked into an all-white school in New Orleans every day amid angry protesters screaming at her and her mother along the way. Ruby’s perseverance was pivotal in the desegregation of classrooms.

In addition to the morning Walk and Roll, six middle school leaders came from the Philip Street campus to the Nevada campus to talk to their elementary school peers about Ruby’s historical contributions. “In tandem with the mission of Safe Routes, we celebrated our students who ride bikes or walk to school and encourage those who don’t to give it a try in the future,” said MLK School’s Community School Director Phillip Logan.

To help celebrate  Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day, Safe Routes held a raffle of ten basketballs among the elementary school students who used their feet to go to school.

The event was co-sponsored by community partners of the Sausalito School District.

Bike Buses are growing in popularity and size. Read about the hundreds of kids who bike together in Barcelona, Spain https://www.npr.org/2021/10/22/1047341052/barcelona-bicibus-kids-parents-bike-ride-to-school

And the growing bike bus in Portland https://bikeportland.org/2022/10/13/portlands-bike-bus-featured-on-nbc-nightly-news-365310

Law offices are looking to promote safety as the Stein Law Offices offers great tips for students walking and biking to school

https://www.steinlawoffices.com/getting-to-school-safely/

  • Ross Valley – Friday, Jan 13, 2023 at 10:00 AM
  • Novato – Thursday, Jan 18, 2023 at 5:00 PM
  • Kentfield – Thursday Jan 19, 2023 at 9:00 AM
  • Reed – Thursday, Jan 25, 2023 at 10 AM
  • West Marin – Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023 at 7 pm
  • San Rafael – Thursday, Feb 2, 2023 at 5:00 PM
  • Sausalito-Marin City – Tuesday Feb 7, 2023 at 5:00 PM
  • Larkspur-Corte Madera – Thursday, Feb 9, 2023 at 3:30 PM
  • Ross – Monday, Feb 13, 2023 at 10 AM
  • Mill Valley – Thursday Feb 16, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Contact Wendi Kallins if you are interested in joining a task force or if you would like a copy of archived task force meeting notes.

Marin Safe Routes kicked off the fall with two new walk audits after having to suspend them during the pandemic. The engineering team worked with residents of Sun Valley Elementary and Strawberry Point to assess the walking and biking conditions for both schools. Elli Abdoli, Mill Valley School District Trustee, and Geoff Rubendall, Sun Valley co-team leader,  did an excellent job of inviting parents, neighbors, and the school principals to participate and of mapping out the route for our walk.

For each school, the audit started during early drop off time to observe some of the conflicts that occur between students and cars.

Sun Valley’s route runs along 5th Avenue in San Rafael, which does not have enough room for bike lanes and has conflicts at each intersection. Many parents park at Andy’s Market on California Street and walk from there,  but there is limited parking and no sidewalks on California Street.

Strawberry is a hilly neighborhood, with no or limited controls at intersections whose steepness makes visibility challenging. It is an older neighborhood that predates the school that has many streets with incomplete or missing sidewalks. Another issue is that  students cross Strawberry Drive as cars are rapidly turning from Tiburon Boulevard.

The good news is that the group observed a number of walking school buses for both schools. Supervised walking groups help to create more visibility and keep the kids safer.

The Safe Routes engineering team works with the local jurisdiction to come up with suggested solutions to these issues. In these cases, it is the County of Marin in Strawberry and the City of San Rafael for Sun Valley. The Safe Routes team will go back for further studies, to make suggestions to the jurisdictions, and, once approved, to bring back concept plans to the task forces. Most of the past recommendations have resulted in completed projects and safer routes to schools for Marin students.

The City of Larkspur constructed several Safe Pathways and Complete Streets projects in 2022 to make it easier and safer for students to walk and roll to school.

Doherty Drive, Magnolia Boulevard, and Bon Air Road in Larkspur received multimodal infrastructure upgrades in 2022, including pedestrian enhancements, bike lane improvements, and traffic calming.

Buffered bike lanes were installed throughout Doherty Drive, a separated bikeway was completed in front of the Redwood High School, and other improvements were made to the Doherty Drive corridor using TAM’s Measure A and AA Safe Pathways to Schools funding. This helps connect several schools, parks, and residences along Doherty Drive to existing multi-use paths and closes crucial gaps in the bike network.

New bike lanes were also added on Magnolia Boulevard and several uncontrolled pedestrian crossings were enhanced with traffic calming features near Marin Primary & Middle School. Bon Air Road saw the completion of the new multimodal bridge and intersection improvements. These improvements will give more students across the city an opportunity to safely walk and bike to school.

Holiday gifts came early to 42 elementary school students in Novato. On November 9, Safe Routes to Schools along with School Board Trustee Diane Gasson and Eric Lucan of Mike’s Bikes coordinated the delivery of adjustable helmets to children who could not afford them. The student recipients were from Lynwood, Lu Sutton, and Loma Verde Elementary Schools.

“This [gift] is of great help to parents who don’t have enough money to buy helmets. For me, as a mother of a student, it is a great relief to think that my kids don’t have to ride their bikes without a helmet,” said Kelly Lopez, who has two children at Lu Sutton.

Staff members from Lu Sutton  were seeing children riding their bikes and scooters daily without the needed head protection. The office expressed concern to Safe Routes, which relayed the issue to Trustee Diane Gasson. Gasson started a GoFundMe campaign among members of the Novato community to help not only Lu Sutton students, but also those from Lynwood and Loma Verde.

Gasson also asked Lucan, who is both the mayor of Novato and chief marketing officer for Mike’s Bikes, if Mike’s Bikes  could pitch in.

“I coordinated with Eric Lucan and he was able to give me a [low] price for the helmets, with the adjusting dial in the back, in the bright colors that we requested. Between the two of us we could get 42 helmets for the kids,” said Gasson.

The story, covered by the Marin Independent Journal, can be found athttps://www.marinij.com/2022/11/09/safe-routes-to-school-donates-bike-helmets-to-novato-students/

The end of November marked the end of another successful Street Smarts rollout. For six weeks, Marin County drivers, walkers, and cyclists were reminded to keep their ‘Eyes Up’ to improve safety for everyone.

The rollout saw the unveiling of bright new banners and signs as part of the campaign’s data-driven refresh. Marin County residents and visitors could spot the messaging on light poles, buildings, buses, and on lawns throughout the county.

Online, people shared safety-related images and used colorful email signatures to show their support and encourage safe behavior. Keep your eyes up for future rollouts in 2023.

Safe Routes to Schools has implemented two new education programs this year promoting transportation mode shifts and increasing safety for Marin County students.

9th Grade Share the Road: San Marin High School, Novato

In early November, Safe Routes Returned to San Marin High School in Novoto to educate 150 ninth grade students. The primary goal of the Share the Road class  is to identify main causes of injury or fatal crashes on roadways and how students can avoid them as pedestrians, cyclists and emerging drivers.

Students remarked what they learned through the class:

  • “Many collisions/ crashes are preventable. Sharing the road and knowing your roles and rules are very important to stay safe.”
  • “[Appropriate] speed is extremely important, do not ever look at your phone when driving, walking, or biking.”

Students were also invited to join Safe Routes’ instructors to practice traffic safety skills on their bikes, and to participate in a contest by submitting a video about how to increase traffic safety among their peers.

This spring, Safe Routes will bring this class to other Marin high schools with the goal of increasing safety education for older students.

 

E-Bike Education: White Hill Middle School, Fairfax

Electric Bicycles have become popular with many of our middle and high school students. While Safe Routes to Schools celebrates healthier and greener shifts away from car trips, community members have expressed concern about the safety of young, emerging e-bike cyclists. In addition to the “hands on” instruction already provided to all Marin middle school 6th graders, White Hill Middle School requested Safe Routes teach a dedicated class for students who commute via e-bike. In November, 30 sixth to eighth grade students were taught the legal requirements to ride an e-bike, the rules of the road, and the skills necessary to maneuver a heavy and more challenging device. Students and their parents signed a pledge that they would ride safely, obeying traffic laws. Safe Routes Instructors, along with Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s E-Bike Smart Marin program, will develop additional classes in 2023.

First Ever Buddy Up Winners

First Ever Buddy Up Winners

Walk and Roll Wednesday –
February 1, 2023

Walk & Roll returns for the Spring Semester

Join us, rain or shine, on a walk, bike ride, bus or carpool ride
to and from school on Wednesday February 1st.
Make sure to stop by our welcome table in front of school for a fun prize! 

Coming Elementary School Events –
Spring 2023

J.E.D.I. Challenge to win a Cleary Bike: March 1, 5, April 5, 19, and May 3
Bike to School Day: May 3
Bike Hero Award Nominations: The Month of May

First Ever Buddy Up Winners!

Clockwise from top right; Westin & Jase: Scottie & Gianna: Aurora, Delaney, Eoldie, Hannah, Kate, Lila, Mackenzie, and Talia: Erin & Emerson

We are pleased to announce our winners for our first ever Buddy Up Contest. Thank you to everyone that signed up!  With so many entries it was challenging to choose, but here are the winners and their heartwarming  stories that embody everything that is great about choosing to find a buddy to walk, bike, bus or carpool together. Without further adieu, here are our winners. enjoy your gift cards and keep on being active!!

Westin & Jase from
Olive Elementary School

Westin and Jase have always loved looking for treasures. They enjoy collecting rocks, sticks, and different leaves, among other things like coins, nails, and “dinosaur bones” on their walks. The items that do not end up going through the washing machine, have made it into a collection box that they constantly look through and update. Each day they are excited to walk to and from school together where they continue to build their collection every day.

Scottie & Gianna from San Jose Middle School

Scottie and Gianna love to bike to San Jose Middle School together. Recently, Scottie broke her arm, but that didn’t stop the pair from “getting their steps in” and walking together to & from school. They are each responsible for setting their own alarms, arriving at their meeting spot on time & messaging us once they’re off to school. They practice the same routine on their way home. 

Erin & Emerson from
Reed Elementary School

After a hard first bus ride for Erin on her second day of Kindergarten, her classmate and new friend Emerson offered to ride with her. The next week, they held hands as they boarded the bus (and for the whole way to school), and they haven’t looked back since! They’ve become fast friends and love riding the bus together, where they share letters and drawings they make for each other at home. Recently, they’ve been asking someone new to sit with them each day. We are so grateful for the bus and for their friendship. 

Aurora, Delaney, Eoldie, Hannah, Kate, Lila, Mackenzie, and Talia from Bacich Elementary School

This group of third graders has been riding to and from school and affectionately been nicknamed “The Peloton” by neighbors who witness their numbers swell as they pick up more and more friends along the way to Bacich. They’re always looking out for each other, on the road and at school. They love being in a large group because it makes it easy to maintain the habit of riding every day, even when one or two people can’t make it. There’s always someone (and more often lots of people) to ride with!

E-Bikes Are Electrifying the Future!

What Parents Should Know

In response to an increasing number of questions and concerns over student safety riding E-bikes, Safe Routes has created an informational flyer with recommendations.

Boletín Informativo de SR2S del Otoño

Boletín Informativo de SR2S del Otoño

¡Entra en el Estado de Animo para Moverte!

Safe Routes to Schools tiene actividades emocionantes este otoño
para que las familias se animen a moverse.

¿Por qué no te unes a las miles de familias dedicadas a
viajes activos, saludables y felices a la escuela?

LA SALUD fue el factor principal que motivó a las familias a caminar más a la escuela, según una encuesta de primavera realizada por Rutas Seguras entre un grupo de 1.200 padres de familia del condado de Marín. Los estudios demuestran que crear hábitos saludables y activos durante los primeros años de un niño prolongará su vida, ayudando en sus sistemas circulatorio y respiratorio, salud cardiovascular, fuerza muscular, dieta, grasa corporal, reducción del estrés y autoestima.

Otros estudios muestran beneficios adicionales: Los niños que caminan y ruedan a la escuela tienen un rendimiento académico más alto, una mayor fluidez en la lectura y un mejor rendimiento cognitivo. Investigadores de Stanford descubrieron que caminar al aire libre también ayuda a generar ideas nuevas y creativas. Otro estudio en los Estados Unidos reveló que quienes viajan a pie o en bicicleta son más felices que quienes conducen.*

Si vive dentro de una o dos millas de la escuela, se recomienda caminar y andar en bicicleta. Nuestra recomendación es que le pidas a tus hijos que programen sus alarmas 10 minutos antes para levantarse e ir a la escuela a pie o en dos ruedas. También evitarás el tráfico de la mañana.

 Si vives demasiado lejos o tienes niños pequeños a cuestas, considera estacionar a ¼ de milla de la escuela y caminar la distancia corta a la escuela. Esto reducirá la congestión del tráfico y brindará un acceso más seguro para TODOS los que caminan y ruedan a la escuela.

 *Recursos sobre rendimiento académico y asistencia; Asociación Nacional de Rutas Seguras

 

Encuentra un Compañero para Ir Juntos a la Escuela

Rutas Seguras a las escuelas lanzará un nuevo concurso llamado ¡ENCUENTRA UN COMPAÑERO! entre finales de septiembre y principios de octubre para alentar a los estudiantes y sus familias a caminar, estacionarse y caminar, andar en bicicleta, compartir el automóvil o viajar en autobús juntos. El propósito es que quienes caminan o ruedan regularmente introduzcan este hábito saludable a otros estudiantes y sus familias que aún no utilizan el transporte activo.

Participar es fácil. Los padres pueden inscribir a su grupo de dos o más estudiantes completando este formulario de inscripción: Buddy Up Entry Form.

¡ENCUENTRA UN COMPAÑERO! ofrece varios beneficios: Primero, al hacer que las familias caminen o rueden juntas, el nuevo hábito tendrá más posibilidades de resistir el paso del tiempo. En segundo lugar, hay seguridad en grupos porque los conductores los pueden ver más fácilmente. Y por último, pero no menos importante, se forman amistades, diversión y recuerdos durante el activo viaje matutino a la escuela.

“Ir a pie o en bicicleta a la escuela con un amigo es una excelente manera de pasar más tiempo con él y de ayudarse mutuamente a llegar a tiempo. ¡Los amigos que van juntos a la escuela se cuidan unos a otros!” dijo Joey Shepp, un padre de la Escuela Primaria Manor.

A finales de octubre, Rutas Seguras llevará a cabo una rifa en todo el condado de cinco tarjetas de regalo por $50. Los ganadores serán seleccionados según su compromiso y su historia de éxito.

¡Mira para el Frente y Actúa Inteligentemente en la Calle!

Programa de Seguridad Vial Será Lanzado en Octubre

El programa de seguridad vial “Calles Inteligentes” (Street Smarts) está de regreso con una nueva apariencia. Este programa está diseñado para alentar a los conductores, ciclistas y peatones a adoptar comportamientos seguros. A mediados de octubre aparecerán pancartas y letreros de “Street Smarts” por todo el condado para recordarles a las personas de mantenerse seguros a sí mismos y a los demás en las vías.

El programa se enfoca en seis comportamientos clave luego de una revisión de los datos de colisión en Marín y la colaboración de un comité  compuesto por representantes de la ciudad y las escuelas. Estos son los comportamientos clave que fomentan la seguridad: 

  • Hacer giros seguros
  • Evitar conducir distraído
  • Ir a velocidades seguras
  • Mirar que no haya peatones en los pasos de peatones
  • Caminar con cautela
  • Los ciclistas siguen las reglas viales

 

Además de pancartas, más de 100 organizaciones asociadas distribuirán anuncios en sus redes sociales y publicarán artículos en sus boletines informativos. Se pide a todos que se involucren compartiendo esta información con sus amigos y vecinos. También puede solicitar un letrero para césped en el departamento de obras públicas de su localidad.

 La campaña tendrá una duración de seis semanas y después regresará en la primavera. Sin embargo, mantenerse a salvo no tiene un límite de tiempo. Si todos miraran para el frente y trataran a los demás con cortesía, no solo nuestras carreteras serían más seguras, sino que viajar por ellas sería más relajante y placentero.

Guardia de Cruce del Año 2021-2022: Carmel Morini, Escuela Primaria Lu Sutton

El 26 de mayo, después de 44 años de servicio, Carmel Morini fue reconocida como Guardia de Cruce del Año. La Señora Morini ha estado ayudando fielmente a los niños a ir a la escuela en Novato desde 1978. Cuando se convirtió en guardia de cruce, el programa era administrado por el Departamento de Policía de Novato con fondos de una variedad de fuentes, incluidas las ciudades y los distritos escolares. La aprobación del impuesto sobre las ventas de ½ centavo para el transporte de Marín en 2004 (renovado en 2018) y la tarifa de registro de vehículos en 2010 crearon una fuente confiable de financiamiento para los guardias de cruce. El programa ahora financia aproximadamente cien guardias de cruce en todo el condado. Rutas Seguras felicita a Carmel por un trabajo bien hecho.

Adquiere un Buen Hábito: Miércoles de Caminar y Rodar

¡Los padres hablaron y nosotros escuchamos! Según una encuesta reciente, los Miércoles de Caminar y Rodar son los eventos más populares realizado por Rutas Seguras a las Escuelas. Por eso, este programa insignia regresa este otoño con toda su fuerza.

Los Miércoles de Caminar y Rodar anima a las familias a caminar, estacionarse y caminar, andar en bicicleta, andar en patineta o andar en patineta a la escuela al menos UN día POR semana. Para celebrar los buenos hábitos, se llevará a cabo un miércoles de caminar y rodar cada mes en las escuelas primarias entre septiembre y diciembre. El evento del 12 de octubre coincidirá con el Día Internacional de Caminar a la Escuela (iWalk), la mayor celebración de viajes activos presentada por Rutas Seguras cada año.

 Los maestros colocarán volantes publicitando los eventos en sus tableros y les recordarán a sus estudiantes un día antes de cada evento. Además, habrá carteles en los campus con las fechas en que habrá mesas de bienvenida con padres voluntarios que saludarán a los niños que usaron un medio de transporte activo, tomaron el autobús o viajaron en automóvil compartido a la escuela. Los voluntarios entregarán incentivos a los estudiantes participantes y realizarán una rifa al final de cada evento.

Concurso de Rodeo de Bicicletas para Grados 4º y 6º

Safe Routes lanzará este otoño un programa piloto para un nuevo desafío llamado ¡INFLALO! (PUMP IT UP!). El concurso tiene como objetivo alentar a los estudiantes de cuarto y sexto grado a practicar las habilidades de seguridad aprendidas en el “Rodeo de bicicletas” de su escuela. Los maestros de educación física tendrán la opción de realizar el desafío por una semana al contar la cantidad de estudiantes que caminan o van en bicicleta a la escuela. La clase de educación física con la mayor cantidad de caminantes y ciclistas ganará una fiesta patrocinada por Rutas Seguras y recibirá un cartel de felicitación.

 Safe Routes to Schools quiere agradecer a todo el P.E. maestros que programan nuestras clases y animan a sus alumnos a caminar o rodar a la escuela.


Arte: Ariah Whipkey

Rutas Seguras a las Escuelas da la Bienvenida a Nuevo Instructor Principal

Tyler Randazzo es el nuevo Instructor Principal de Rutas Seguras a las Escuelas de Marín a partir de agosto. Llega a la organización después de tres años de desarrollar y enseñar programas de ciclismo a estudiantes de bachillerato en comunidades de bajos ingresos en Richmond, Redwood City y Daly City.

“Estoy muy emocionado de hacer el cambio y enseñar a los estudiantes los beneficios de caminar y andar en bicicleta a la escuela”, dijo Randazzo. Agregó que le encanta enseñar a los niños sobre el placer del ciclismo y la capacidad de esta actividad para crear comunidad, aumentar la equidad, beneficiar al medio ambiente y promover la salud y el bienestar.

Originario del área de Boston, Randazzo se mudó a la Costa Oeste para estudiar historia y educación en la Universidad de Puget Sound en Tacoma, Washington, donde solía explorar la ciudad en bicicleta y trabajando en la tienda para ciclistas en el campus. En su tiempo libre, a Tyler le gusta practicar el ciclismo de montaña y dar largos paseos con su pareja y su perro de cuatro años.

SR2S Newsletter – Fall 2022

SR2S Newsletter – Fall 2022

Safe Routes to Schools Has Exciting Activities This Fall

Won’t you join the thousands of families dedicated to healthy and happy active commutes to school?

HEALTH was the primary factor motivating families to walk and roll to school more, according to a spring survey conducted by Safe Routes among a group of 1,200 Marin County parents. Studies show that creating healthy active habits during your child’s  impressionable years will add length to their life, aiding in their circulatory and respiratory systems, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, diet, body fat, stress-reduction, and self esteem.  

Other studies show added benefits: children who walk and roll to school have higher  academic achievement, better reading fluency, and improved cognitive performance. Stanford researchers  found that walking outdoors also helps generate new, creative ideas. A different US study revealed that those who commute by foot or bike are happier than those who drive.*  

If you live within one to two miles from school, walking and biking are strongly encouraged.  Our recommendation is that you ask your kids to set their alarms 10 minutes earlier to get up and go to school by foot or two wheels. You’ll beat the morning traffic, too.

If you live too far away or have toddlers in tow, please consider parking ¼ mile from your child’s school and walking (Park and Walk) the short distance to school. This will reduce traffic congestion and give safer access for ALL students walking and rolling to school. 

*Resources on academic performance and attendance;  National Safe Routes Partnership

Buddy Up To Travel to School Together

Safe Routes to Schools will roll out a new contest called BUDDY UP! between the end of September and beginning of October to encourage students and their families to walk,Park and Walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus together. The purpose is to have regular walkers and rollers introduce this healthy habit to other students and their families who aren’t yet using active transportation.  

Participating  is easy. Parents can sign up their group of two or more students by filling out this Google Buddy Up Entry Form.

BUDDY UP! offers several benefits:  First, by having families walk or roll together, the recently formed habit will have a better chance of enduring the test of time. Second, there is safety in numbers and groups are more easily seen by drivers. And last but not least,  friendships, fun and memories are formed during the morning active commute to school.

“Walking or biking to school with a friend is a great way to get some extra time with your buddy, and to help each other to be on time. Friends that go to school together look out for each other!” said Joey Shepp, a parent from Manor Elementary School. 

At the end of October, Safe Routes will conduct a county-wide raffle of five $50 gift cards and the winners will be selected based upon their commitment and story of success. 

Fall into a Good Habit: Walk and Roll Wednesdays

Parents spoke and we listened! According to a recent survey, Walk and Roll Wednesdays is the most popular encouragement event held by Safe Routes to Schools. For that reason, this flagship program is coming back this Fall in full force.

Walk and Roll Wednesdays encourages families to walk,Park and Walk, bike, scoot, or skateboard to school at least ONE day EVERY week. To celebrate successful habits, one Walk and Roll Wednesday will be held each month in elementary schools from September to December. The October 12th event will coincide with International Walk to School Day (iWalk), the biggest celebration of active travel featured by Safe Routes every year.

Teachers will display flyers publicizing the events on their bulletin boards, and will remind their students a day before each event. Also,posters will be displayed on campuses with the dates when welcome tables will be out with parent volunteers greeting kids who used an active mode of transportation, took the bus, or carpooled to school. Volunteers will hand out incentives to participating students and will conduct a raffle at the end of every event.

Keep Your Eyes Up and
Be Street Smart!

Traffic Safety Program to Be Rolled Out in October

The Street Smarts traffic safety program is back with a new look! This program is designed to encourage people driving, biking, and walking to use safe behaviors. Keep your eyes open in mid-October, when Street Smarts banners and signs will appear throughout the county reminding people to keep themselves and others safe on the roads.

The program focuses on six key behaviors following a review of countywide collision data and collaboration with a task force consisting of city and school representatives. These highlight key behaviors and encourage safety for all road users:

  • Making safe turns
  • Avoiding distracted driving
  • Using safe speeds
  • Looking for pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Safe walking
  • Bicyclists following the rules of the road

In addition to banners, social media ads and newsletter articles will be distributed by over 100 partner organizations. People are encouraged to get involved by sharing this information with their friends and neighbors. You can also request a lawn sign from your local public works department.

Campaign will last for six weeks and then return in the spring. However, staying safe doesn’t have a time limit. If everyone kept their eyes up and treated others with courtesy, not only would our roads be safer, but traveling on them would be more relaxing and enjoyable.  

Bike Rodeo Contest Created for 4th and 6th Graders

Safe Routes will be piloting a new challenge called PUMP IT UP! The contest  aims to encourage 4th and 6th grade students to practice safety skills learned at their school’s “Bike Rodeo”. Physical Education teachers will have an option to hold the one-week challenge by tallying up the number of students who walk or bike to school.  The P.E. class period with the most walkers and bikers will win a Safe Routes-sponsored party and will receive a congratulatory poster.

Safe Routes to Schools wants to thank all the P.E. teachers who schedule our classes and encourage their students to walk or roll to school.

Art used: Ariah Whipkey

Safe Routes to Schools Welcomes New Lead Instructor

Tyler Randazzo is the new Lead Instructor for Safe Routes to Schools Marin starting in August. He comes to the organization after three years developing and teaching high school bike education programs for underserved students in Richmond, Redwood City, and Daly City. “I am very excited to make the switch and  teach students about the benefits of walking and rolling to school,” said Randazzo. He added that he loves teaching kids about the joys of riding a bike and its unique ability to create community, increase equity, benefit the environment, and promote health and well-being.

Originally from the Boston area, Randazzo  moved out west to study history and education at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where he spent time exploring the city by bike and wrenching in the on-campus bike shop. In his free time, Tyler likes to explore new mountain bike trails and go for long walks with his partner and their four-year old dog.

E-bikes are Electrifying the Future! What parents should know…

E-bikes are rapidly increasing in popularity, especially with teens, as they provide increased independence. E-bikes allow students to travel further and faster, allowing steep hills to be easily summited. Heavy school books and sports equipment are now easy to transport. One less vehicle on the road benefits all.

Yet, are students experienced enough to manage the increased speeds and challenging maneuverability of a heavy e-bike?

Parents are advised to do their own research and assess their children’s cycling abilities before purchasing one. Click here to learn the different types of e-bikes and recommendations to help you make an informed decision about purchasing an e-bike or e-scooter for your student.

The average speed of an adult cyclist is 12 miles per hour (mph), and 9.7 mph for 14 year olds. Yet e-bikes allow their riders to travel up to 20 mph (Type I and II) and 28 mph (Type III).  Communities are extremely worried about students e-biking at twice the speed of regular cyclists, many carrying helmet-less passengers, and dodging between and around vehicles, pedestrians and other cyclists.

Safety should never take a back seat to convenience, and manufacturers agree. One popular Type II throttle brand said, “Children under the age of 16 may lack the necessary judgment and skill to safely operate the e-bike.” The company’s website states that children “must be 16 or older” (roughly a junior in high school) to use their throttle bike even though the California law states otherwise for Type I and II. Under California law, Type III e-bikes are illegal for those 16 and under.

Type I, where students have to pedal and work harder to reach 20 mph, might be a more prudent and healthier choice for students than Types II and III. Regardless of which motorized or non-motorized device parents choose for their student, parents are urged to do their own homework, ensuring proper bike fit (size and weight) and their student’s reliability to lawfully ride on roads and pathways. 

When is a bike not a bike? If HEALTH is the number one reason parents want their children biking to school, it begs the question – do Type II and III e-bikes provide a justifiable health benefit when students do not have to pedal them?  Even more concerning, it puts youth at increased risk of crash and severe injury due to two to three times the speed of regular bikes.  For questions regarding education, contact saferoutes@marinbike.org

DOWNLOAD SR2S E-BIKE FLYER

 

Nevada Street in Sausalito
Will Get a Makeover


Nevada Street, the frontage of the Sausalito Campus of MLK Schools, will receive much-needed improvements. 

Pavement rehabilitation and re-striping will help reduce vehicle speed on Nevada Street and will improve sight distance for pedestrians. The project will also include a striped buffer between existing parallel parking and the travel lane between Bridgeway and Tomales Street

 Work consists of:

  • Asphalt pavement rehabilitation
  • Pavement restoration along Nevada St. from Bridgeway to the Lincoln Dr./Marin Ave. intersection
  • New curb ramps at the Nevada St./ Tomales St. intersection
  • Refreshed and extended no parking zones to improve sight distances near pedestrian crossings on Nevada St. uphill of Buchanan Dr. and west of Bridgeway
  • New striping along Nevada St. to narrow the vehicle lanes and provide a buffer between parked cars and moving vehicles
  • New pavement striping and markings 
  • Updated signage
  • Refreshed existing crosswalks at the intersection of Bridgeway and Nevada St.

The Nevada Street project, along with other improvements on Coloma Street, .were funded through the Transportation Authority of Marin(TAM).

 

Safety Improvements in the Works for the Butterfield Corridor

The Butterfield Safety Committee, a subcommittee of Butterfield Corridor Safe Streets, has been hard at work identifying the community’s concerns and coming up with improvements. This collaborative group, facilitated by Supervisor Katie Rice’s aide Nancy Vernon,  includes representatives from the Sleepy Hollow Homes Association, the San Anselmo and County of Marin Departments of Public Works, schools, Safe Routes, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, and interested residents. Improvements are planned for both the San Anselmo portion as well as the unincorporated portion of Butterfield Road.

The Town of San Anselmo (in partnership with the Safety Committee) has been working on a comprehensive safety campaign on the southern side of Butterfield, including pavement patching in the bike lane, a slurry seal over the whole stretch of Butterfield Road from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to the County Limit, wider bike lanes, additional speed limits signs, and targeted green bike lane markings at intersections. The Town will also install a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) at the crosswalk at Woodside Drive, and a radar speed feedback sign near the fire station. These improvements should help reduce vehicle speeds and increase awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians throughout this busy corridor. Funding for these improvements comes from Local Sales Tax Measure D.

The County of Marin (in partnership with the Safety Committee) has been working on concepts for a crosswalk across Butterfield Road at the intersection of Irving Drive (at the community center) and an extension of the bike lane on Butterfield Road from where it currently ends at the San Anselmo town limit to the intersection with Sleepy Hollow Drive. At this time, the bike lanes will not be extended to the end of Butterfield Road because of concerns about parking during large public events at the Sleepy Hollow Clubhouse and pool.  Both proposed improvements were approved by the Marin County Board of Supervisors on August 23.

The Butterfield Safety Committee conducted public outreach to gain community feedback to inform these improvements. An online poll was conducted between January 17, 2022, and February 7, 2022, and an online public meeting was held on April 21. Both the survey and community meeting indicated strong support from residents. This shows the positive results when a community decides to collaborate to create improvements in its neighborhood.

To learn more, visit the Butterfield Safe Streets webpage at www.shha.org (under Safety tab).

https://www.shha.org/page-18222

Crossing Guard of the Year 2021-2022: Carmel Morini, Lu Sutton Elementary

On May 26, after 44 years of service, Carmel Morini was recognized as Crossing Guard of the Year. Ms. Morini has been faithfully helping kids get to school in Novato since 1978. When she became a crossing guard, the program was managed by the Novato Police Department with funding from a variety of sources including cities, towns, and school districts. The passage of Marin’s ½-cent Transportation Sales Tax in 2004 (renewed in 2018) and the Vehicle Registration Fee in 2010, created a reliable source of funding for crossing guards. The program now funds approximately 100 crossing guards throughout Marin County. Safe Routes congratulates Carmel on a job well done.