Apr 12

Public feedback needed on biking and walking safety near schools

Posted on April 12, 2021 at 9:53 pm by Clay Curtin

The City of Menlo Park Safe Routes to School program needs your input on biking and walking safety near schools. The bike/pedestrian safety survey, which is open through May 10, asks users for feedback on topics such as sidewalks, street crossings/intersections, driver behavior and safety. Users can also submit specific issues on a map embedded in the survey and include pictures of safety concerns. 

The survey only allows users to submit one issue per school at a time. If you have multiple issues to report, please complete one survey and then start and complete another. The San Mateo County Office of Education is wrapping up a similar survey for Belle Haven School. Information about Belle Haven School from the City’s survey and the Office of Education’s survey will be shared between the two agencies. 

The survey seeks to gather more data and observations from parents, school staff, students and residents on transportation at school hours and to see if improvements can be made through current and future projects or maintenance. The survey, including the public input map, and community meetings are preliminary steps to walk audits that would be conducted at Menlo Park public schools, as proposed (but not yet funded) by the Transportation Master Plan. Following this survey, community meetings are planned for June 2021 to discuss survey results and any other walking/biking safety concerns near schools. 

For more information about the survey or the Safe Routes to School Program, please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator Andre-Anne Cadieux.

Apr 07

Help identify challenges and opportunities to children walking and biking to school

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 1:22 pm by Lisa Atwood

San Mateo County is conducting a parent and caregiver survey until April 15. This survey will collect information about parents’ concerns and perceptions of walking and biking. It helps to identify what the challenges, barriers and opportunities to children walking and biking to school and how to improve Safe Routes to School programs to best address the families’ needs. This survey will take less than five minutes to complete. Please spread the word and encourage others to participate in the survey in English or the survey in Spanish.

Want to know more about how to fund Safe Routes to School projects? You’ll learn in this webinar about frequently used sources of funding for active transportation projects in the U.S., how to find out what funding is available for your community, and tips for navigating the funding process.

Where’s the Money? Funding Your Active Transportation Project
April 22, 2021, at 1 p.m.
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Infrastructure improvements are often the costliest components of initiatives to support walking and rolling. Speakers from Oklahoma and South Carolina will share how they were able to successfully fund and implement active transportation infrastructure projects in their communities.

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Apr 07

Ravenswood City School District students receive “I Explored” gratitude journals

Posted on April 7, 2021 at 1:12 pm by Lisa Atwood

The San Mateo County Office of Education’s Safe Routes to School program, in collaboration with Ravenswood City School District and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, recently released bike and pedestrian gratitude journals for the students of the Ravenswood City School District.

All 1,750 students received a journal and have been invited to participate in a variety of fun bilingual activities and outdoor adventures. The journal contains prompts that encourage students to spend time outdoors, explore their neighborhood, reflect on what they see and enjoy and what they are grateful for. Students will log their bike rides and walks for a chance to win Safe Routes to School prizes. The journal also includes blank pages that students can "hack" on their own or with the help of the arts and restorative learning coordinator at an upcoming workshop.

The “I Explored” gratitude journal brings together different strategies for increasing health and happiness. Getting outside and practicing gratitude are proven to have a long list of physical and mental health benefits that have lasting effects on the brain and promote immediate and long-term wellbeing.