Legislative Update: Transportation Funding Bill Passes With $1 Billion in New Active Transportation Funding!

This article was originally included in the Safe Routes to School National Partnership April Newsletter

On April 6, the California Senate and Assembly passed the long-gestating transportation funding package after a long debate. Senate Bill 1 will provide 10 years' worth of funding for transportation improvements across the state, including $1 billion in new funding for the Active Transportation Program.

Photo of a group of students boarding a bus, ready to start the Amazing Transit Race

High School Program Snapshot: Safe Routes to Schools Marin County

A conversation with Safe Routes to School Marin County Program Director Gwen Froh.

From Carpool Karaoke to the Amazing Transit Race, Safe Routes to School Marin County is building community and inspiring more students to walk, bike, take transit, or carpool to school. In a conversation this week, Program Director Gwen Froh described SR2S Marin County’s high school programming. Their creative events involve students in leadership roles and encourage collaboration, safety, and just plain fun. Right now, Gwen is excited about the following programs: Carpool Karaoke, Cycle for Cereal, Donut Drive, Hot Walk-o-late, Bike for Burrito, and the Amazing Transit Race.

Denman Middle School’s 2016 Bike & Roll to School Day

Everyone was welcome at San Francisco's Bike & Roll to School Week

This article was originally posted on Safe Routes to School San Francisco

In April, San Francisco wrapped up their annual celebration of biking as a safe, healthy and fun way to get to school. Everyone was welcome to join the fun! The event is more popular every year. All public and private schools, from preschool through high school were invited to take part. Teachers and parents participated as riders, organizers, bike-to-school leaders, or as the welcome team in the schoolyard. Schools promoted rolling by scooter, skateboard, bus or transit, and walking, so that everyone was included in the celebration.

Safe Routes to School Healthy Heroes Spotlight: Kathy Durham & Penny Ellson

This article was originally posted on the Safe Routes to School Partnership Blog and was written by Rosie Mesterhazy, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, City of Palo Alta.

Did you know that the late Apple innovator and CEO Steve Jobs' dream was for his son to ride his bike to work as a doctor at Stanford? Jobs lived with his family in Palo Alto, home of the first bicycle boulevard, where more than half of Palo Alto’s neighborhood elementary school students walk, roll, carpool or take public transit to school, and almost half of all middle and high school students bicycle. For parents like Jobs, and for many Safe Routes to School visionaries, active commuting is part our shared dream to ‘ride a bike and smile more.’