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E-Newsletter         November 2010
In This Issue
Iwalk Photo Album
TAM Infrastructure Grants
Over 1000 SchoolPool Signups
SchoolPool Awards
Hall Teaches Sustainability
SR2S wins MTC Award
Cool the Earth
$1000 Mini Grants

Thank You

Thanks to Claude Wyle of Choulos, Choulos and Wyle Law firm, for donating $500 to purchase 400 helmets,


Thanks to Mike Ferrell of CE Greentops and Weathertight USA in San Rafael for donating a small hand truck to Safe Routes to help transport the Wheels In Motion props on the school blacktops.

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Here are some exciting highlights and updates from the Transportation Authority of Marin's Safe Routes to School program!


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Children Take to the Streets on International Walk to School Day

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Schools across Marin experienced a huge turnout of bikers and walkers for the 10th annual International Walk and Roll to School day October 6th, 2010.  See the photo album here.  Safe Routes to Schools would like to keep the momentum going and encourage all schools to declare  declaring one day of the first week of every month to be a GO GREEN day encouraging students to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus.    Parents can form neighborhood schoolpools with others in their community to ease the school commute and create a social network.  To join others in your neighborhood in getting to and from school, then please register at



Transportation Authority of Marin Awards $2.3 Million in Infrastructure Grants


The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) awarded 12 Safe Routes to School (SR2S) infrastructure grants to construct sidewalks, add bike paths, improve crosswalks, calm traffic, and add signs and pavement markings at or near 19 schools in Marin County.  The $2.3 million in funding is from the county's transportation sales tax fund called Measure A. 


All of the projects were submitted for consideration by the local cities and towns and the County of Marin and were part of approved SR2S plans supported by the jurisdictions and local SR2S Task Forces. 

Infrastructure awards were granted to the following jurisdictions and school areas:


  • Corte Madera: Lycee Francais La Perouse, Marin Country Day, Marin Montessori
  • Novato: Hill Middle School
  • Ross: Branson School, Ross
  • San Anselmo: St. Anselmo,Wade Thomas
  • Sausalito: Bayside, Marin and New Village Schools, Willow Creek Academy
  • County of Marin: Edna Maguire, Lagunitas and San Geronimo Schools, Miller Creek, Strawberry Point, Tomales, Venetia Valley
Over 1,000 Sign Up for SchoolPool and Traffic Congestion Decreases
By the end of October, 1,062 parents have signed up to SchoolPool ( Registrants are finding matches for carpooling together to and from school, as well as walking, bicycling and taking transit together. Over 60 schools are currently represented in the program.

And it has paid off! Based on an evaluation for the last school year, SchoolPooling resulted in a five percent decrease in single student occupant vehicle trips to and from schools. This translates into a reduction of 3,500 vehicle miles traveled each school day, meaning less traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions (an annual reduction of 264 metric tons of CO2).

Kaiser Early Bird Awards


Congratulations to Edna Maguire and Coleman elementary schools for winning the Kaiser Early Bird School Awards for signing up the largest percentage of their schools for SchoolPool in the first month of the school year.  They will split the $500 cash award. 


Hall Middle School Teaches Sustainability


A new exciting program focusing on sustainability is engaging all 6th grade students at Hall Middle School. Rebecca Newburn, a science teacher at the school who created the project, teaches students how to get the facts about various environmental issues and how to turn this information into action to bring necessary change at the school. A selected committee, including the principal, Daniel Norbutas, will go over the students plans and give comments and support as well. Teens Go Green have been helping the students develop basic advocacy skills and will be working closely with the students on transportation issues.


Safe Routes to Schools Recognized by MTC

On Wednesday, October 27, the Transportation Authority of Marin and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) were honored with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Grand Award for the Marin County Safe Routes to Schools program.  The award was shared by Cool the Earth of Kentfield, Street Smarts of San Jose and Cycles of Change in Alameda County.


MTC's biennial awards ceremony, Excellence in Motion, recognizes people, projects and organizations that have made singular contributions to improving the Bay Area's transportation. SR2S was being recognized for its excellent school education program that promotes walking and bicycling to schools in Marin.


Join with Cool the Earth

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Safe Routes to Schools is partnering with Cool the Earth,  the grassroots non-profit climate change program that inspires students and their families to take carbon-saving actions including walking to school.  This is a perfect umbrella for the Green Ways to School campaign and will help to recruit more volunteers for your team.  Find out if there is a program at your school or think about establishing one as part of developing your Safe Routes to Schools team.   Here is a  link to a  video and website where they can learn more about the program.


Mini Grants of $1,000 Available


The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each. These mini-grants support the goal of the federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. They will fund activities that range from foundational efforts to help start or sustain a program to new ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe walking and bicycling to school.  Specific guidelines for fundable activities are available at    


The Green Ways to School and SchoolPool Marin programs from TAM's Safe Routes to Schools are supported by additional funding from a $175,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation's Climate Change Initiative and through a partnership with the Marin County Office of Education.