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E-Newsletter        June 2012
In This Issue
Bike to School Day
Teen Field Trips
Go Green Challlenge
Federal Update
Teach Your Child to Bike
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Take the Women on Wheels Hill Climbing Class in July

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First National Bike to School Day


MV Bike to School DayWednesday, May 9th was the first annual National Bike to School Day.   Twenty-four Marin schools participated in this inaugural event.  At Mill Valley Middle School the bike racks were overflowing.

In Corte Madera almost 400 riders participated in a bike train from East Corte Madera accompanied by Twin Cities bicycle police. In all 156 bikes were counted at Neil Cummins throughout the campus. The little bike rack between Kindergarten and first grade was overwhelmed. About 150 bikes were counted at Hall Middle School. Redwood High School, which wasn't even officially participating, had 77 bikes.  


Field Trips for Teens


Phoenix Lake
Photos by Peter Oppenheimer

Teens around the  county got a chance to experience the mobility of biking in a number of field trips this spring.  The Mobious classes at Drake High rode to Phoenix Lake.  The Davidson Bike Club had a great time riding to the Ferry and then spending some time biking in San Francisco.  See More


Soggy Spring Contest Still Gets Results
Hamilton Ice Cream party
Mrs. Hunsaker's class at Hamilton School enjoy an ice cream party for winning the Go Green Spring Challenge with 63% green trips


It was a soggy time for the Go Green Spring Challenge this year.  The clouds rolled in after a warm sunny winter just in time for the start of the contest.  But that didn't dampen the spirits of the students participating. 


Twenty-seven schools participated in the challenge this year for the opportunity to win one of our hand crafted bike-part trophies.  While not all results are in yet, over 52,000 green trips were recorded reducing VMT by 95,000 miles and 22 tons of CO2. 


Even in the winter rains, students still can find a green way to school.  See all the results by going to the various school pages on

Deja Vu: House aims to eliminate funds for Safe Routes to Schools 

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Selected members of the House and Senate are negotiating right now to produce a final transportation bill. The Senate's first offer to the House included the bipartisan Cardin-Cochran agreement, which would allow local governments to access federal funds for bicycling and walking projects.
But the House continues to insist on getting rid of Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking funding. In their counter-offer, the House proposed allowing states to 'opt out' of this funding pot completely, eliminating the Cardin-Cochran agreement, and taking away local governments' ability to access federal funds for small transportation projects.

More information on this procedure can be found at the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership 


Teaching Your Child to Bicycle


 moms and kids

Summer is a great time to teach your child how to bicycle.  Here is a great video on teaching your child to bicycle from the Baby Center.  It shows how to start without pedals until they learn how to balance, steer and brake.  Check it out.