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E-Newsletter         February 2011
In This Issue
Bike Lanes in Fairfax
Neither Rain nor Cold
Teens Save a Gallon
Spring Contests
Moms on Wheels
National SR2S Conference
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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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White Hill Students Enjoy Buffered Bike Lanes


white hill bike lanesThe Town of Fairfax recently repaved Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between Shadow Creek Court (at the Marin County line) and June Court.  This segment of Sir Francis Drake is a key travel corridor to and from White Hill Middle School.  There were no designated bike lanes between Shadow Creek Court and Olema Road and the previous bike lanes between Olema Road and June Court were narrow and directly adjacent to wide 35 mph vehicular lanes.

With the repaving project the Town saw an opportunity to improve bicycle safety by narrowing the wide vehicular lanes and providing a six-foot wide bike lane along with a three-foot wide painted "buffer zone."  The wider bike lanes and buffer provide greater safety, separation and comfort for bicyclists.  The Town also installed two high-visibility yellow school crosswalks across Sir Francis Drake, including zebra style crosswalk markings and double-sided crosswalk signs.


Thank you Fairfax! 

Neither Rain nor Cold...

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Parents are not letting a little cold and rain get in the way of a great ride to school.  Reed School held it's Walk and Roll to School Day today - despite the rain!  They were pleased to see how many people participated .  Here you can see Reed Team Leader Caroline Baker riding with her kindergartener Thomas and a box of bananas (donated by Boardwalk Market) on the back of her bike.


Hot Chocolate

Here is Wade Thomas Team leader Tanya Henry hauling the hot chocolate for their Walk to School Day.  


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Advanced Technology Meets Teens Go Green

 save a gallon

Teens Go Green, in collaboration with Save a Gallon ( is launching a pilot program at Miller Creek Middle School as part of the Teens Go Green Spring Challenge.  Instead of paper raffle tickets, students have registered on-line with Save a Gallon and received shoe-shaped barcode cards during science class. 


When students walk, bike, or carpool to school on Challenge days, they will scan their card and automatically find out how much CO2 they saved.  All participants will receive a morning treat and will enter a raffle to win weekly prizes and the grand prize, a new iPod nano. In addition, the science class with the highest amount of Co2 saved will receive cash for a party and their teacher will receive a gift card for book passage. 


Go for the Green Contest

 go for the green tree

The Go for the Green contest starts this month at 27 Marin County Elementary schools.  Classrooms will be competing for a $100 for generating the most green trips of their school.  Students place a leaf on the Green tree every day they take a green way to school by walking, biking, carpooling or taking the bus.  This is the second year of the Go for the Green contest.  It is part of the Green Ways to School campaign.

Contact  [email protected] if you'd like to participate.


Moms on Wheels This Spring

 women on wheels
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]

National Safe Routes to School Conference


Registration and call for presentations are now open for the  3rd Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Conference August 16 - 18, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN.  Join with hundreds of Safe Routes to Schools advocates across the country to learn about the latest tools and programs.  Learn more 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.