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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
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 Monica‐Malibu Unified School District, 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 help school-aged children become comfortable bicycling and
walking to school. Throughout 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 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.