Santa Monica Students To Track Their "Car-Free" Miles Getting To School

Saturday, 2 Mar 2013, 8:50:00 AM

Mitch James

Four Santa Monica schools will

participated in the City of Santa Monica’s Car(e) Free Campaign in March and

April to encourage students to walk and bike to school each day.

John Adams Middle School, Lincoln

Middle School, Will Rogers Elementary School, and Roosevelt Elementary School

will be participating in this friendly competition geared to making walking and

biking to school a habit.

Car(e)

Free Kick Off Events:

March 5 - Roosevelt Elementary School, 801

Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

March 6 - Lincoln Middle School, 1501

California Avenue, Santa Monica

March 7 ‐ Will Rogers Learning Community,

2401 14th Street, Santa Monica

March 8 ‐ John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th

Street, Santa Monica

Students will be tracking trips made

without a car, and these “Car‐free”

miles will count towards monthly incentives. One competition target is to be

the first class to walk and bike enough miles to reach San Francisco.

The event will begin the week of

March 4 and will end in May during National Walk to School Week when students

will celebrate Bike It Walk It. The campaign is intended to reward students who

seek alternatives to motor vehicle trips when arriving or leaving school with

incentives such as stickers and Car(e) Free buttons.

Students will track their progress

by completing Car(e) Free Log Books given to them to record their commuting

trips each month. Prizes will be provided to recognize the students who walk

and bike the furthest, as well as the class who accumulated the most Car‐Free Miles.

The Car(e) Free Contest is part of a

larger Safe Routes to School pilot project managed by the City of Santa Monica

in partnership with the Santa Monica‐Malibu

Unified School District (SMMUSD), and Parent‐Teacher‐Student Associations.

Funding for the project has been

provided by Metro, Caltrans, and the City of Santa Monica. The goal of the

project is to encourage more children to bicycle and walk to school.

Through the 2012‐2013 school year, a range of

educational workshops, classes, fun events and contests, are teaching children

and parents greater confidence in safe walking and bicycling, and raise

awareness of the many benefits of arriving at school by foot or by bike.

Events so far have included Santa

Monica’s first Family Bike Fest, walking school buses, bike skills classes,

walk/bike audits, and much more.

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