Wednesday, May 9th is Bike to School Day!
Last year, forty-one schools across SLO County participated by hosting welcoming events for students on bikes. Bike to School Day is an annual, nationwide event celebrated as part of Bike Month that promotes biking to school for several reasons:
- Physical activity
- Teaching safe bicycling and pedestrian skills to children
- Awareness of how bikeable & walkable a community is and where improvements can be made
- Concern for the environment
- Reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools
- Sharing time with community leaders, parents and children
Schools with the greatest number of students biking to school on Bike to School Day will win a new Peak Bike Rack for their school!
Student Bus Passes
Earning a Cyclogy Degree at Oceano Elementary
The new bicycle track at Oceano Elementary School is one of California’s first permanent schoolyard bicycle tracks. It was designed to help children practice riding with others by providing an environment for teaching kids proper signaling, yielding, and starting from a full stop. It also has a number of different types of intersections and street signs to create real-life situations.
SLOCOG staff was approached by a longtime bicycle advocate, Jim DeCecco, a teacher at Oceano Elementary with the idea of creating a safe place for students to practice using active transportation on the school playground. Staff worked closely with Jim and the school physical education teacher to understand how the playground is used so that it does not distract from the school’s other needs. From these discussions, the circle, kickball bases, and foursquare courts had to be incorporated in the design. Staff made the circle into a roundabout, the foursquare platforms where used to simulate a four-way stop, and the kickball bases were placed into the design. Thanks to the collaboration of school administration and the school district, this project was implemented within three months. SLOCOG’s Safe Routes to School Program is interested in working with additional schools to implement similar concepts.
Cycle Track Application, CLICK HERE
Through Caltrans Active Transportation Grant, Rideshare has the funds to implement cycle tracks at approximately 9 schools throughout the county over the next three years. This application is the first step toward funding a cycle track at your school.
The SRTS Task Force provides mini grants to schools interested in starting or maintaining participation in active transportation, offers workshops, and provides incentives for schools to participate in international walk to school and national walk to school day. If you are interested in getting your local school more involved in the SRTS movement, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-4462.
Below is a chart of the region’s elementary schools as well as middle and high schools that are active in the SRTS Program. Education and Bike to School Day columns will be updated with school participation.
In Partnership with Bike SLO County, SLOCOG’s SRTS Program provides elementary schools with 4th or 5th Grade “Driver’s Ed” which is compliant with common core standards and is certified by the California Department of Education. This program is available to all schools and includes two 1.5 hour sessions on two different days. To book an assembly, please contact Bike SLO County.