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E-Newsletter        March  2013
In This Issue
Drake Students Warn Against Distracted Driving
SR2S Infrastructure Being Designed
Sign up for Riding with Youth Workshops
Register for Bike to Work Day and Win
Save CA SRTS Funding
Save These Dates:

Riding with Youth Classes in preparation for Bike to School Day:

9:30 - noon

- Tam Valley April 6
- Marinwood April 20th
- Larkspur- April 27  
For more info


National Bike to School Day:

May 8, 2013


Safe Routes to Schools National partnership Annual Meeting:

August 12, 2013 



Safe Routes to Schools National Conference:
August 13-14, 2013


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Drake High Students Learn Hazards of Distracted when Driving



Students simulate texting and driving.  Photo by Peter Oppenheimer.

The hazards of distracted driving became very real for students at Drake High School as they heard the compelling story of a grieving father, Bobby Augusto, who lost his daughter, Kimberly to distracted driving. Kimberly, a former San Marin High School student, took her eyes off the road one fateful night to look at a text message on her phone. She lost control of the car and crashed into a guard rail.

An assembly was part of a week long campaign held from February 11-15 by the Peer Resources Class, with assistance from the Transportation Authority of Marin's Safe Routes to Schools Program. AT&T supplied the speaker as well as a simulator for students to experience the difficulty of driving safely while texting. All of the students who experimented with the simulator crashed.   


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Safe Routes Infrastructure Being Designed


Planned improvements at Mill Road and Vineyard Road in Novato
Public works departments throughout Marin are currently planning and designing several infrastructure projects aimed at improving walking and bicycling conditions.  San Rafael is designing sidewalk improvements along Lindaro Street to serve Davidson Middle School.  Mill Valley is designing a multi-use pathway along Camino Alto and pedestrian crossing improvements on Miller Avenue to assist students traveling to Mill Valley Middle School and Tam High School.


San Anselmo is planning a number of pedestrian and bicycle projects, including sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks and traffic calming enhancements in the vicinity of Lower Brookside Elementary, Upper Brookside Elementary, and Wade Thomas Elementary schools.  Novato is designing pathways, extended curbs and high-visibility crosswalks to serve Lynwood Elementary School, and new sidewalks and bicycle lanes near Sinaloa Middle School.


The County of Marin continues to stay busy designing and implementing Safe Routes projects, including crosswalk enhancements at Lagunitas School in West Marin.


Riding with Youth Workshops Offered


 moms and kids     

Safe Routes to Schools will be offering three Riding with Youth Workshops in April in preparation for Bike to School Day May 8th.

Riding with Youth is a workshop for families with students in grades 2nd thru 5th that teaches how to safely navigate streets together and learn about proper equipment, communications and appropriate behavior.



  • Saturday, April 6, 9:30 to noon Tamalpais Community Center, Mill Valley
  • Saturday, April 20, 9:30 to noon Marinwood Community Services District, San Rafael
  • Saturday, April, 27, 9:30 to noon Larkspur Recreation, Larkspur

Advance registration is required. Contact Peggy or call 415-456-3469, 8 #.  More info


Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Both adults and children must have their own bike and helmet.


Register for National Bike to School Day


bike to school dayLet the bike bells ring! The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced that National Bike to School Day registration is now open. Nearly 950 schools across the country participated in the inaugural national event in 2012. As excitement for the event builds, participation is expected to increase for the 2013 celebration on Wednesday, May 8. Schools, community members and parents can register a Bike to School Day event now at Register today and win a bike rack for your school.

Save SRTS Funding in California



Changes to policy affecting Safe Routes to School are afoot in Sacramento! The National Partnership is working with our partners to protect and grow funding levels for critically important programs that benefit all bicyclists and pedestrians in the state. Governor Brown is proposing to create a new Active Transportation Program with his 2013-14 budget to make California a leader in bicycle and pedestrian transportation, but we are asking for your support of a petition that urges the Administration to first address several concerns.


The proposed new program consolidates several existing programs, including Safe Routes to School (see details below), in order to focus state investment on active transportation safety and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 


Sign the petition to Governor Brown here.  Read more.