Safe Routes to School Healthy Heroes Spotlight: Kathy Durham & Penny Ellson

This article was originally posted on the Safe Routes to School Partnership Blog and was written by Rosie Mesterhazy, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, City of Palo Alta.

Did you know that the late Apple innovator and CEO Steve Jobs' dream was for his son to ride his bike to work as a doctor at Stanford? Jobs lived with his family in Palo Alto, home of the first bicycle boulevard, where more than half of Palo Alto’s neighborhood elementary school students walk, roll, carpool or take public transit to school, and almost half of all middle and high school students bicycle. For parents like Jobs, and for many Safe Routes to School visionaries, active commuting is part our shared dream to ‘ride a bike and smile more.’

Environmental Program for Youths Wins Statewide Award

This article was originally posted on MTC News.

Caltrans has recognized the Bay Area’s Spare the Air Youth Program with an Excellence in Transportation Award in the Public Awareness Campaigns category. Caltrans received nearly 100 entries for this year’s program from within Caltrans, public agencies, private contractors and consultants across the state, choosing 13 projects to receive awards.

Program Update: Registration is open for the 2017 YES Conference

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017. Registration: 8:30 AM (PST); Program: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PST)
Where: Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale St, San Francisco, CA, 94105

Success Story: Los Gatos SRTS Video Program

Karen Briones, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Los Gatos Union School District

Tell us about the SRTS video program and its audience.

RJ Fisher Middle School offers a video production class to seventh and eighth grade students. Students work on writing, filming, producing, and editing their own projects. Often, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) topics are covered that are then featured in the school’s video announcements. Some topics covered already include how to cross a nearby intersection on a bike or how to lock your bike to a campus bike rack.

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