Mill Valley schools will be celebrating National Walk and Roll to School Day on May 7th. This is a great opportunity to join a “bike train”, a “walking bus” or carpool to school.
Since 2000, California has seen rates of walking, bicycling, and transit use doubled and the driving rate decreased 11% according to the California Household Travel Survey. A report on the comprehensive travel survey results was completed in June of 2013 but was just announced by Caltrans this week.
Walking rates jumped from 8.8% to 16.6%, bicycling rates increased from 0.8% to 1.5%, and transit use increased from 2.2% to 4.4% of mode share. In total, trips by foot, bicycle, or transit total nearly 23% of all trips statewide on an average day in California. This shift indicates the rising demand for transportation options in walkable and bike-able communities and accompanies a rising awareness of serious climate change, health, and equity challenges.
All Mill Valley public schools are involved in National Walk and Bike Day. The following map shows the participating schools and their “travel plans” for May 7th and contact information for your participation.
We plan to meet at the Depot in downtown Mill Valley at 8:00. The bike train will leave at 8:10. The bikers will leave from the depot and cross Miller/Throckmorton and continue down Throckmorton until we reach Old Mill St. where we then turn into Old Mill School bike rack/playground. If you have any questions you may contact Renee Shelton, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim McFerrin at email@example.com.
We intend to meet at the Ball fields on Belvedere Drive and E. Strawberry Drive at 8 am on Wednesday May 7th and proceed up E. Strawberry Dr. around 8:20am. I have contacted Officer Dan Ruiz requesting a CHP bike escort. Please email Desmond Raitt firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Bike Train #1: Gather at Eastwood Park for a 7:45 departure. The route will follow Marin Avenue to the Southern Marin District Fire Station to join Bike Train #2.
Bike Train #2: Gather at the Southern Marin District Fire Station at 7:45 to meet the fire crew (and, of course, see the trucks) for an 8:05 departure.
Bike Train #3: Gather at the IGA parking lot for an 8:10 departure. This bike train will travel down Flamingo to the Community Center to meet the fire crew and truck. A special guest star will lead this bike train. Join us to find out the identity of this guest star.
Walking School Bus #1: Gather at Marin Avenue and Maple Street for an 8:05 departure. The school bus will walk down Marin Avenue to the Community Center to meet the fire crew and truck, and then on to school.
Walking School Bus #2: Gather at Shoreline and Flamingo for an 8:05 departure. The school bus will walk down Flamingo to the Community Center to meet the fire crew and truck, and then onto school.
Students that live in the hills are welcome to be driven down to any of these meeting points to continue on to school with either the walking or biking groups.
The focus of the event will be SAFETY. Parent volunteers will instruct students on how best to adjust and wear their bike helmets and a How to Safely Use Crosswalks brochure will be handed out. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will need to be accompanied by an adult to participate in the bike trains and school buses.
Contact Abby Young or Stephen Kent (email@example.com) for more information.
Mill Valley Middle School
Mill Valley Middle School is participating in National Bike to School Day on May 7th. In addition, they are doing a Bike, Walk and Carpool Challenge from May 12 - May 23. Please advise drivers in the Sycamore Park area to drive carefully and to be very aware of children walking and biking to school or to avoid Sycamore Avenue during school commute times (between 8:00 - 8:20).
On May 17, from 10 - 2, Student Council is also doing a Bike Drive. They are collaborating with Safe Routes to Schools which has a partnership with San Quentin Prison and their inmates will be refurbishing the bikes. The bikes will become available to low-income families in San Rafael this summer/fall as part of a grant for SR2S to provide bike education (via Women on Wheels) to underserved moms. Additionally, their kids will receive training through bike rodeos.
Contact Tricia Satake at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tamalpais High School
Participation in National Bike to School Day on May 7th will be supported by Safe Routes to School and the Tam High Mountain Bike Team. Contact Tricia Satake at email@example.com for information.