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E-Newsletter        April 2013
In This Issue
Bike to School Day May 8th
Riding with Youth Workshops
Novato Safe Drivers Pledge
Tam High Distracted Driving
Spring Contest Challenges
Save These Dates:

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

9:30 - noon

- 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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Happy Spring!  Gear up for National Bike to School Day on May 8th and get ready by signing up for Riding with Youth Workshops.  See below for more info.


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Bike to School Day is May 8th



bike to school dayMay 8th is the second annual National Bike to School Day.  Schools in Marin are invited to organize events and encourage their students to bike to school with their friends and families.  This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy this beautiful spring weather.  


 For those schools with Star testing that week, your students will have increased brain power from the brief physical activity!

We have posters and colorful iBike buttons to give away at our office.  Contact [email protected] to get supplies.



Riding with Youth


riding with youth Get ready to Bike to School Day with our free Riding with Youth Workshops on April 20th and 28th in North and Central Marin.  Riding with Youth is a workshop for families with students in grades 2nd through 5th that teaches how to safely navigate streets together and learn about proper equipment, communications and appropriate behavior.


  • 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 [email protected]  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.


Novato Safe Drivers Pledge


  safe Driving pledge       

The City of Novato and the Novato Unified School District are teaming up to emphasize safe driving habits in Novato, via the Safe Driving Pledge campaign, a project of Street Smarts Marin.


The launch on April 1 marked the start of April's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, to educate the community about the dangers of distracted driving.

The Safe Driving Pledge Campaign is part of the Transportation Authority of Marin's Street Smarts Program.


The program invites residents to "TAKE THE PLEDGE" online, drive responsibly, and spread the word by placing a static cling decal-provided once the pledge is taken-on the rear window of their vehicle. On May 14, the Novato City Council will present proclamations to the schools that achieve more than 25% participation in online pledges.


"Our goal is to prevent injuries and save lives through vigorous outreach and education," said Councilmember Jeanne MacLeamy. "Coupled with the ongoing efforts of our engineering and police departments, we hope that through this campaign we can reignite our community's commitment to driving safely, and make Novato the safest driving city in the nation."


"We support all efforts to help keep our students safe on the streets of Novato," commented Dr. Shalee Cunningham, NUSD Superintendent.


Tam High Distracted Driving


simulator Safe Routes to Schools continues its distracted driving campaign with a series of events at San Rafael High (May 16th) and at Tam High School (April 29th and May 1st). 
 Tam High School's day-long event on April 29th will include a variety of activities to raise awareness about the  dangers of texting and talking while driving. One such activity will include students trying to text while driving around an obstacle course in golf carts.  They will have other "fun" and engaging activities to increase awareness such as playing Dodge Ball while teams text, a large "Wheel of Fortune" spinner in which participants learn about the statistics associated with Distracted Driving, Car Simulators and a Ghost Bike/Car memorial that reveals true stories of those who lost their lives due to distracted driving.,
Tam High School students will be asked to take a pledge to refrain from texting/talking while driving and to attend the Assembly on May 1 where the guest speaker from AT&T will repeat the tragic story heard at Drake High.

Interschool Challenges for Spring Contest


   Kentifle students on W2SD

Safe Routes to Schools has wrapped up its spring contests and are awaiting the results of the effort to increase green ways to school in our participating schools. 
To add spice to the mix, six schools challenged each other to see who could have the highest increase.  Hall Middle School in Larkspur challenged Kent Middle School in Kentfield; Bacich Elementary School in Kentfield challenged Brookside Elementary School in San Anselmo; and Strawberry Elementary School challenged Old Mill Elementary School, both of Mill Valley. 
No matter which schools wins the challenge, everyone wins with less traffic, more exercise and less pollution.  Stay tuned on our web site to see the contest results.