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E-Newsletter       November 2014
In This Issue
Iwalk Gallery
Safe Routes Works New Study
Carpool is Cool
2nd Annual Youth Conference
Bikes Use Less space
       Family Biking
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Sinaloa Field Trip  

The Sinaloa Middle School "Teens Go Green Club" enjoying a bicycle field trip to Miwok Park. The club is promoting walking and biking to school by holding early morning events. They are also working on a "suggested routes" map of area to help students navigate the busy streets of Novato.


International Walk to School Day Gallery


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School Day in our Iwalk gallery


Safe Routes Programs WORK!


Larkspur Bike Path

new study has been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association that confirms what those of us in the field have long known:  Safe Routes to School programs are effective at increasing rates of walking and bicycling to and from school.

The findings are quite impressive:

  • After an engineering improvement was completed, some schools saw an 18 percent increase in walking and bicycling rates.
  • Each year of Safe Routes to School education and encouragement programming resulted in a five percent increase in walking and bicycling rates -- adding up to 25 percent after five years.
  • These results could be cumulative - so a school that implements a comprehensive Safe Routes to School initiative with engineering improvements plus five years of education and encouragement could result in a 43 percent increase in walking and bicycling rates.

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Carpool to School and be Cool


carpool guide


The winter rains are coming and many of people are going back to their cars to get to school. You can still travel Green to school by carpooling. Even one less car on the road reduces greenhouse gases and improves traffic conditions around the school. Find someone in your neighborhood and set up a carpool. Find someone who is part of your afterschool activities to carpool as well. Here is some handy tips for setting up a Carpool.


If you are in the Ross Valley, Mill Valley or Larkspur-Corte Madera School districts sign up for SchoolPool Marin. 


2nd Annual Youth Conference


Youth conference


Spare the Air Youth will be holding its second annual Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


This is an opportunity for teens throughout the Bay Area to share their success stories and learn how to promote green transportation in their schools.


Sign up to present by December 12 2014  

Great Photo



Why are bicycles great for our roads? See how much less space they take up compared to cars in this great photo from Latvia.