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The program will be in effect at JAMS and Lincoln Middle School. The two elementary schools have yet to be picked.
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The program will be in effect at JAMS and Lincoln Middle School. The two elementary schools have yet to be picked.

News, City Council, Health, Fitness, Santa Monica, Schools

Four Santa Monica Schools To Take Part In Bike And Pedestrian Program

Posted Jun. 19, 2012, 2:13 am

Parimal M. Rohit / Staff Writer

Two middle schools and two elementary schools in Santa Monica are expected to participate in a program dedicated to promoting its students to travel to campus each day via bicycle or walking.

At its Tuesday meeting last week, the City Council approved $328,000 to be allocated to California-based Alta Planning + Design to provide grant-funded school-based bicycle and pedestrian training for elementary and middle school students.

As part of the program, City Hall has accepted a grant of $85,000 from Metro Congestion and Air Quality program and another $197,000 from the Safe Routes to School program to help fund a pilot project.

The planned bicycle safety and pedestrian education program will be in effect at JAMS and Lincoln Middle School. The two elementary schools have yet to be picked.

“Locally, students, parents and school administrators have expressed support for increased bicycling and walking to Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools,” staff said. “The Santa Monica High School Solar Alliance first initiated Walk It Bike It Day in 2007. Since that time, each middle school has annually held a ‘Bike or Walk to School Day’ with participation steadily increasing. These events have grown to include participation from three-quarters of all schools within the District, which has increased the interest in walking and biking safety education.”

Staff added that the program seeks to facilitate a change in behavior among school children and parents to increase walking and biking to school, an objective of the City’s Land Use Circulation Element and Bicycle Action Plan.

The $328,000 payment to Alta Planning + Design will be covered by the two grants plus another $46,000 in local Proposition C funds. The firm was a lead consultant for the Safe Routes to Schools program in nearby Santa Clarita.

Congress implemented a National Safe Routes to School program in July 2005. The federal legislation was established to “address the lack of walking and biking to school.”

“At its core, the (Safe Routes to School) Program empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity,” staff said. “The Program makes funding available for a wide variety of programs and projects, from building safer street crossings to establishing programs that encourage children and their parents to walk and bicycle safely to school.”

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Jun. 19, 2012, 4:18:01 am

Alison Kendall said...

To find out more about the Bike It! Walk It! Day movement at SMMUSD, check out www.bikeitwalkit.org, and look up videos and press releases of past events under "press."

Jun. 19, 2012, 7:41:41 am

Edward Jacobs said...

I have been riding my bike to JAMS for the past few years. I am a staff member. My only major concern is the safety of Pearl around Grant and especially around SMC. The congestion is out of control around the college and college students waiting for parking spots block the bike lane. I have been nearly hit many times while a student does a radical u_turn to grab a vacating spot. Add the parents using Pearl to drive their kids to Rogers and Adams and you have a dangerous situation. I encourage the planners to address this seriously.

Jun. 19, 2012, 9:19:08 am

Alison Kendall said...

To find out more about the Bike It! Walk It! Day movement at SMMUSD, check out www.bikeitwalkit.org, and look up videos and press releases of past events under "press."

Jun. 19, 2012, 6:00:49 pm

frank ierfone said...

With shared footways being more congested now than ever before, the RBbell, a battery operated bike bell, was invented. Why? The answer is simple...to make yourself known to other cyclists, joggers, walkers and pedestrians when cycling. This is what the cycling community refer to as ‘courtesy’. The best part of it...the RBbell enables a simple press of a button without having to take a hand off the handlebar. RBbell is tomorrow’s bell, designed for a road bike...it boasts a modern and slick design to suit today’s modern cyclist..... www.rbbell.com

Jun. 20, 2012, 3:58:58 am

Mark Selak said...

It would be safer if they had crosswalk guards at 17th and Pico during AM rush hours.

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