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.

Fall Into Healthy Habits This School Year!

Fall Into Healthy Habits This School Year!

Exciting Ways to Travel Green to School – Strap Up Your Laces!


BUDDY UP CONTEST!

BUDDY UP is a new contest to get students to walk (park and walk), bike, carpool or ride the bus together.

Now through October 31, sign up your group of two or more students from neighboring families to travel to or from school.  Tell us your success story! 

Habits are more  likely to stick when families support each other. There’s safety in numbers and groups are more easily seen by drivers. Best of all, friendships and fun memories are formed! There will be a $50 award for 5 winning groups. Notifications will be sent out in early November. 

Questions?  Contact Cooper@marinbike.org

 


WALK & ROLL WEDNESDAYS!

The first event is coming your way on September 14.  Volunteers will hand out small prizes to students who walk (park and walk more than 10 minutes), bike, carpool or ride the bus to school.

To volunteer at your elementary school, contact Cooper@marinbike.org

SEE ALSO THE WALK & ROLL PAGE

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.

May is Bike Month

May is Bike Month

MARIN BIKE HERO AWARD:
Nominations Now Open!

 

A Bike Hero is a GREAT “ROLL” MODEL!

A Bike Hero is any student who gets up early to ride regularly, inspires others to bike, obeys all rules of the road, and has FUN biking.   Two Marin County elementary and middle school students will be selected to win a $50.00 gift card to a store of choice.  Winners will be selected by the Safe Routes to Schools staff and notifications will be sent out in early June.    

Nominate Here

To link with your phone, open your camera and scan it over the QR code.

 


Bike to School Day

May the Fourth was National Walk and Bike to School Day. 35 elementary schools and 8 middle schools joined the festivities which featured Fire Truck Escorts, Bike Parades, and thousands of joyful students who used their feet to get to school. This event was sponsored by a generous donation from Jambar which provided organic treats at the schools’ welcome tables. Thanks goes to our dedicated parent, teacher and student volunteers who make these events possible on their campuses. “Yoda Best!”  


Bike to School Day page

Thank you, JAMBAR, for providing organic energy bars to our walkers and rollers!

 


Bridge the Bay

Bridge the Bay was hosted on April 23 at Pickleweed Park in San Rafael. Thanks to the Bay Area Bike Mobile, 60 bikes were repaired and made ready to ride benefiting residents of the Canal Area. Festivities included a mural painting, the bike blender to pedal smoothies, and educational games promoting environmental awareness.

Galactic Events Coming This Spring!

Galactic Events Coming This Spring!

J.E.D.I. Challenge

April 13, 20, 27, May 4

Calling all Skywalkers and Skyrollers – become a Planet J.E.D.I. by walking and rolling to school for Earth Month. This four-week contest asks students to use their weekly Walk and Roll Superpowers!


Go here to download flyer and other print materials.

Bike to School Day

May 4th

May the Fourth Be With You!  Walk, bike, skate, scoot or stroll to school on May 4th!  Thank you, JAMBAR, for providing organic energy bars to our walkers and rollers! “Yoda Best!”  


Go here to download flyer and other print materials.

Thanks to:

Exciting Walk and Roll Opportunities in 2022!

Exciting Walk and Roll Opportunities in 2022!

I Love to Walk & Roll Day – February 2

Happy Pi(e) Walk & Roll Day – March 2

Walk and Roll Wednesdays will continue with monthly themes celebrating Valentine’s Day in February and Pi(e) Day in March. These events are typically held on the first Wednesday of the month, but event days may vary depending on what works best for individual schools and the volunteers that host them.

A Spring Challenge will be launched in April to get students in the habit of walking and rolling to school regularly. There will be an assortment of fun raffle prizes and accolades for the student winners.

National Bike to School Day is on May 4th this year. Safe Routes is developing some fun May the FOURTH Be With You themed promotional materials to celebrate the event. Maybe Yoda will be seen biking to school that day.

Annual Bike Hero Contest! For the 5th year, Safe Routes will invite schools, parents and friends to nominate their Bike Hero – a student who is a good “roll model” for safe riding and encouraging others to ride to school. Nominations open in May.

Family Biking Education will continue with both FREE virtual and in-person instruction to help students and their parents learn the rules of the road and strategies to build confident cyclists. February 24, 6:00 -7:00 p.m. (Virtual) Registration Required; Other Dates TBD

Parent BIKE Education Night! In March, Mill Valley School District is hosting Marin’s first ever Parent Bike Ed. Night. The one-hour presentation covers the rules of the road that govern cycling behavior so parents can best demonstrate and train their own children. Content used to teach Safe Routes’ elementary through middle school bike classes will be shown. Share the Road classes appropriate for High School parents and teens can also be requested. Parent Ed. Night can be scheduled at other schools through contacting Wendi Kallins.

Download Walk and Roll Poster (PDF)