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E-Newsletter       October 2013
In This Issue
Bike Spine in Fairfax
Summer Infrastructure Improvements
New Brochure on Bike Safety
Marin Shines at National Conference
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Register for International Walk to School Day October 9th


Biketoberfest October 12

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Sign up today for IWalk to School Day October 9th! 


Did you know that children do better academically when they walk or bike to school?  It's true.  Read a new Danish study in our monthly blog.



Bike Spine Neighborhood Route in Fairfax



New green school bike route pavement markings and signs have appeared on Fairfax streets just in time for International Walk to School Day October 9th. 

The School Bike Spine identifies a bicycle route to and from schools in Fairfax through the installation of signage and street markings. The overall goal is to improve the safety of the Town's streets for student bicyclists by increasing awareness of motorists who share the road with them.  It directs the students along a designated route to Fairfax schools by guiding them through preferred bicycle travel streets.  This unique project will be the first in the nation to specifically identify school bike routes as part of a Safe Routes to Schools program.   Read more



All Aboard the Tiburon Bike Train

The Town of Tiburon is pleased to initiate The Tiburon Bike Train, a pilot project which will run every Wednesday morning throughout the 2013-14 school year. The Town has contracted with the Marin County Bicycle Coalition to manage the program. Trained and insured "conductors" will be leading students from Downtown Tiburon/Belvedere to Bel Aire School traveling along the Old Rail Trail.

The first train will launch on International Walk and Roll to School Day on October 9th and all Reed District students are welcome to join.  After the launch, students will be required to register for the train and will be issued stickers to identify them as registered riders.  The Bike Train is primarily geared toward Bel Aire students but any student may join in.  Reed School K-2 students must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Bike Train on a weekly basis.  To volunteer please contact

The idea for the train came out of the C.A.R.T. meetings (Community Action to Reduce Traffic), a collaboration between the Towns of Tiburon and Belvedere and Reed District school officials to explore ways to reduce traffic on Tiburon Blvd.

To find out more and to register for the Bike Train go to


Walk and Roll Wednesday Launch Across Marin

Manor Champion John Ferguson counting bikes


The bike racks were overflowing at Manor School on September 18 as it launched its first Walk and Roll Wednesday event.   Twenty-eight elementary schools have already established Weekly Walk and Roll to School Days across Marin County. Every Wednesday Safe Routes to Schools is asking students to use their feet to get to school.  The first of each month a welcome table will be set up at each participating school to reward students who walk or bike to school.  Weekly reminders will go out in newsletters and e-blasts to keep the momentum going.  The goal is to establish a culture of walking and biking to school for those that are able.  For those that live too far, there is still the option of carpooling, park and walk or taking the bus, if available.  No matter what your circumstances, at least once a week parents are encouraged to find a green way to school.   

Find out how to organize Walk and Roll Wednesdays

To get assistance contact

Safe Routes to Schools National Conference Showcases Marin Programs 

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October 9th is the 14th annual International Walk and Roll to School Day.  Last year 48 Marin schools joined with over 40 countries around the world as millions of children took to the street to get to school on their own power.  For those schools that have not yet registered, please do so now.   We have some supplies left - posters, buttons and other schwag to give away to the children.  Drivers please be aware that the streets will be overflowing with children.  Now is the time to practice safe driving - drive slow and pay attention. 

Register your Marin school for Iwalk