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September 18, 2012 > Back to School, a great time for new transportation habits

Back to School, a great time for new transportation habits

Safe Routes to Schools Program benefits kids, parents, schools and the environment

Submitted By Tess Lengyel

Healthier, happier kids, friendlier communities, and better air quality-proven, practical steps by the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) program are achieving these goals. Now in its sixth year, the SR2S program is helping students, parents, and schools to encourage kids to safely walk, bike or carpool to school. The time to join SR2S has never been better as kids start back to school. More than 100 elementary, middle and high schools in Alameda County are participating this year and applications are still being accepted.

Participating schools receive assistance from a site coordinator and are eligible for free program activities including a puppet show, walking and rolling contests and celebrations, bicycle rodeos and helmet safety programs and free bike repair from the BikeMobile, a mobile bike repair shop.

These simple activities help keep kids healthier by fighting obesity and forming life-long exercise habits; improve the walkability and safety of neighborhoods; build a stronger sense of community; ease school drop-off and pick-up traffic congestion; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to improve air quality for everyone.

Alameda County SR2S is a countywide program funded in part by the Alameda County Measure B half-cent transportation sales tax administered by the Alameda CTC and federal funds administered by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The program is led by a local Alameda County business in conjunction with local non-profit groups, and includes participation from cities, school districts, and organizations across Alameda County.

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