310.450.8338, ext. 70229 12 OCT 2011
HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS HIT THE STREETS FOR BIKE IT! / WALK IT! DAY
Students of the Santa
Monica-Malibu Unified School District left
their cars at home and walked,
biked, skated, and scooted to school. Over
the last week, schools within the District participated in the program on
various days. On Friday, October 7,
The Bike It! movement was created four years ago when the Samohi Solar Alliance and Bike Coalition joined forces in an effort to reduce the school’s carbon footprint and fight global warming. What started as a single day to encourage students to walk or bike to school has turned into a District-wide effort that includes a total of fifteen schools, or about 10,000 students.
Bike It! Day will ease construction related
traffic during upcoming projects at
This project has not only gained local attention, but national as well. Samohi Solar Alliance co-Presidents, Jenna Perelman and Charlotte Biern were recently awarded a Presidential Commendation for their leadership in the Bike It! movement. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has described their work as “inspiring” and that they are “motivating others through their example.”
The Bike It! Day has quickly grown from an idea into a sustainable reality that will continue to bring our schools, parents, students, administration, and local businesses together in an effort to combat global warming, one bike at a time.
SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
1651 16TH Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
ph: 310.450.8338; fax: 310.581.1138