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E-Newsletter         February 2011
In This Issue
92 Bikes Donated
SchoolPool Marin
2011 Green Ways Challenge
Spring Contests
Moms on Wheels
Team Leader Valentines Luncheon
February 15 11:30-1 pm
San Rafael
Community Center
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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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Bike Donation Event a Huge Success!!


bike donation driveDrake High School's Green Routes and White Hill Middle School's clubs collected 92 used bikes on January 15th at their Bike Donation event hosted in partnership with Teens Go Green.  The bikes were taken to San Quentin prison where inmates, after being trained by Safe Routes to Schools staff, will refurbish the bikes.  The bikes will then be given to families of modest means.  Safe Routes and the club students extend thanks to the Ross Valley School District and Drake High School communities for their overwhelming support.  Thanks to Mike's Bikes of Marin County for loaning their truck to transport the bikes.  Check out the video on Facebook.


New Features at Schoolpool Marin

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Coming soon - trip-matching to practices and games!


By popular demand, SchoolPool trip-sharing will soon offer families the ability to form or find SchoolPools to other destinations besides home. This will help parents find SchoolPools for after school (or even on the weekends) to many activities like sports, rehearsals, classes, after-care programs or to another family member's home. Watch for future announcements and on the website for the launch of this expanded service.


Parent's commutes


New this year, parents as well as school employees can join the effort by going to to find commute partners to their work on 511 Rideshare. When they register there for a carpool or bus buddy match to work, the school their child attends (in the case of parents) or where they work (in the case of school employees) gets credit toward the Green Ways to School Challenge.


Green Ways Challenge Awards

Old Mill Award
Old Mill School Program Achievement Award

Safe Routes to Schools will once again reward the top performing schools with cash awards provided by a grant from the Marin Community Foundation. 


To be eligible for the Challenge, schools must:

administer the student and parent travel surveys

distribute program e-mails from SR2S via e-mail or newsletters

publish the link on their website home pages


Green Trips to School Award:  $1,500

Awarded to the school with the highest percentage increase in Green Trips for the year


SchoolPool Award:  $1,000

Awarded to the school with the highest total number of registrations on the website.


Program Achievement Award: $1,000

Awarded to the school with the highest percentage increase of Green Trips since joining SR2S programs.


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


Get Ready for Spring Contests

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Thirty schools have signed up for the spring contests so far.  The contests take place from March 14 through April 8th and are geared toward the elementary, middle and high school levels.  Safe Routes to Schools will supply all the materials and provide guidance on running the contest.  To sign up contact Laura at 456-3469 X2# or [email protected]




Moms on Wheels This Spring

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The Popular Women on Wheels series returns this spring with women teaching other women biking skills.  Just added - Moms on Wheels just for mothers - this course will give you the skills and confidence you need to bike safely with your children including a workshop and practice ride with your children.  For more information  go to Women on Wheels or contact [email protected]
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.