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E-Newsletter         April 2012
In This Issue
Go Green Challenge
Active4.me in Kentfield
Tour of Novato
Federal Update
Bike Locally Looking for Parent/Child Novices
Kidpower Tip Sheet
Upcoming
Look  for SR2S
 on Earth Day, April 21
at College of Marin
Bike to School Day May 9

Mark your calendars.  You can also hold a Bike to School Day on May 10th and tie in with Bike to Work Day Energizer Stations.

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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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Spring Go Green Rainy Challenge

 

Thirty-two (go for the green tree32) schools in Marin are braving the late spring rains to walk and bike to school for the Go Green Spring Challenge. The warm sunny weather departed the day that the challenge began on March 12th. But that didn't stop the students who are eager to win the bike part sculpture for their classroom.

Students have the option of walking, biking, carpooling or taking the bus (if available) to school to qualify for a "green trip." They track their progress by populating their classroom "tree" with leaves. Each class then sends an acorn with the total to the office and our squirrels (aka team leaders) collect the nuts and tally the results. Participation in some schools actually increased each week, despite the soggy weather, which just goes to show that neither rain nor sleet can stop Marin kids from traveling green.

 

Kentfield Schools Test New Trip-Tracking Scanning Device

 

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Kent and Bacich Schools are testing out the new Active4.me scanning trip tracking program to promote green trips to school.  The web site allows students to be registered on line and then log their trips by scanning the bar code tags issued to each participant.         

So far over 1,200 trips have been recorded for six days over a three-week period.  If extrapolated out to the full week that would be over 3,000 trips, saving 180 gallons of gas ($778.50) and reducing CO2 by 3,400 pounds. 

 

The Kent students are also using the contest to raise funds for the World Bicycle Relief to send bicycles to African children (especially girls) so they can travel to school.

 

Tour of Novato
 
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The Annual Tour of Novato and FunFair is a bicycling and walking fundraising event for the Novato public schools. This year's event will be held on Saturday May 5th, rain or shine -- and has moved to a new location on Sherman Avenue in front of the Novato City Hall.

Rides and walks will be offered at all levels, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until 10 a.m.  The Downtown Fun Fair is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Safe Routes to Schools will be on hand with the bicycle blender and bike part mobile making for kids.  For more information go to Tour of Novato

Senate Passes Transportation Bill; House Punts

 

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On March 14, the Senate passed MAP-21, a two-year transportation bill which retains funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements in general, and Safe Routes to Schools in particular.  It had strong bi-partisan support, winning 74-22.

 

Unfortunately things are still stalled in the House.   House and Senate Democrats pushed House Republicans to simply take up and pass MAP-21 before March 31 to bring an end to the 2.5 years of delays in reauthorizing transportation law. House leadership resisted the pressure and instead passed a 90-day extension, after several false starts. Faced with letting transportation spending expire, the Senate agreed. Now, transportation spending (including Safe Routes to School) is extended until June 30, 2012.  Read on for more details.

 

 Bike Locally Challenge 2012 Call for Entries 

 

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There is still time to enter the The Marin County Bicycle Coalition's third Bike Locally Challenge to apply for one of seven bikes.  The challenge will encourage novice bicyclists to commit to riding a bike to work, school, and for local errands from May through October. 

  

This year they have two new categories, including a Parent/Child team and a Family/Business Cargo Bike Challenge.   

 

Get more information at Call for Entries for MCBCs 2012 Bike Locally Challenge at www.marinbike.org  

 

 

New Tips from Kidpower
 
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KidPower, the Santa Cruz based international non-profit that teaches personal safety for children and adults, has released a new fact sheet to help parents keep their kids safe as they walk to school.   Download here.