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E-Newsletter         January 2011
In This Issue
Used Bikes Needed
Form a SchoolPool
2011 Green Ways Challenge
Winter Tips

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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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Donate Your Used Bikes

bike giveaway 

Drake High and White Hill Middle School students, in partnership with Teens Go Green of Safe Routes to Schools, is hosting a bike donation event to collect used bikes that will be refurbished and given to families who cannot afford one.


Please consider donating your old bikes on January 15 from 9:00 - 1:00 at the old Albertson's parking lot across from the Fair Anselm Plaza on Center Blvd in Fairfax.   Bikes in any condition accepted; used bikes will be brought to San Quentin where inmates will restore and return the bikes to the Safe Routes program for distribution to families who cannot afford one. 


Contact Gwen Froh for an alternative drop off arrangement if you cannot make it to the Jan. 15 event.  



Form Your Winter SchoolPool

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January is a great time to establish a SchoolPool in your neighborhood to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus together to school! You can make lifelong connections in your neighborhood for you and for your children.   

Free up your mornings and afternoons by finding others to share in getting the kids to school.  To quote carpooling mom, Laura Kelly (SR2S Volunteer Liaison) "The carpool provided us with the time to gain balance in our busy lives, and a way for our children to bond with our neighbors."  Check out this great success story with this recent Marin Voice in the Marin Independent Journal click here for articleJoin a SchoolPool! It's good for the planet, your community and your family!



Green Ways to School Challenge

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2010 first place winners, Loma Verde School

Marin Safe Routes to Schools will again offer cash awards (through a grant from the Marin Community Foundation) to the schools that show the best performances in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing green ways to school.  Schools can win up to $2000.  The categories are:


1. Highest increase in Green Trips in the 2010-11 school year


2. Highest program performance from the beginning of its involvement in Safe Routes to School


3. Highest number of sign-ups for SchoolPoolMarin.


To find out how to participate in the challenge contact Wendi Kallins


Winterizing Your Walk/Bike to School

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As the season grows colder and wetter; it doesn't necessarily need to be less active.  We're blessed with California weather which means there will still be sunny days, and even though the temperature is a little nippy, that doesn't mean the kids have to stay indoors. 


Here are a few tips for cold days:
   - Wear full-fingered gloves

   - Hats, hoods, headbands to cover the neck and ears (under the helmet too)

   - Dress in layers; you warm up quickly when riding.

   - Wear a wind-proof jacket

For rainy days:

   - Wear bright colors

   - Walk with school logo umbrellas

   - Make sure your child has waterproof rain gear



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.