SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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CONTACT:  Peter Dzewaltowski, AICP              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 

310.458.8292                                                     DATE 2 May 2013

 

                                                           

 

Schools Go Car-Free for Walk It Bike It Week

 

 

Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) students, parents, and

staff are preparing for the 2013 Bike It! Walk It! Week, May 7 through May 10. Bike It! Walk It!

encourages school students and staff to leave the car at home and utilize active modes of

transportation. Approximately 30 percent of District students at 14 different schools participated in the

event last Fall, saving approximately 12,000 car trips.

This year, local officials are invited to show their support for the Safe Routes to School program by

joining Walking School Buses to Roosevelt Elementary School and Will Rogers Learning Center, and

Bike Trains of students and parents to Lincoln and John Adams middle schools.

The dates and times for all of the Bike It! Walk It! events are listed below.

Spring 2013 Bike It Walk It Dates

Roosevelt Elementary May 7

Lincoln Middle School May 8

John Muir Elementary May 8

Santa Monica Alternative School

House (SMASH).

May 8

Edison Language Academy May 10

Grant Elementary May 10

Franklin Elementary May 10

McKinley Elementary May 10

John Adams Middle School May 10

Juan Cabrillo Elementary May 10

Will Rogers Learning Community May 10

Malibu High School May 10

Note: SRTS Pilot Project School in bold.

Events at the four pilot schools mark the culmination of the Car-Free Contest, a friendly competition

geared to making walking and biking to school a healthy habit. Students tracked trips made to school

by bike, walking, and transit, and these “Car-free” miles counted towards monthly incentives.

Recognition ceremonies will commence following student arrivals on the morning of each pilot school’s

Bike It Walk It Day.

These events are part of a Safe Routes to School pilot project managed by the City of Santa Monica in

partnership with the Santa MonicaMalibu Unified School District, and ParentTeacherStudent

Associations. Funding for the project has been provided by Metro, Caltrans, and the City of Santa

Monica. The goal of the project is to help school-aged children become comfortable bicycling and

walking to school. Throughout the 20122013 school year, a range of educational workshops,

classes, fun events and contests are teaching children and parents greater confidence in safe walking

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and bicycling, and raising 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, Kidical Mass, walk/bike audits, and much more.

Visit www.bikeitwalkit.org for further information, updates, and press links.

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