SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
CONTACT: Alison Kendall FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bike it! Walk it! Co Chair/ 18 SEPT 2012
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
WALKING SCHOOL BUSES READY TO ROLL ON BIKE IT! WALK IT! DAY
Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) students and staff are getting out their bikes, scooters, skateboards and walking shoes in preparation for Bike It! Walk It! Day on October 3 and 5. Bike It! Walk It! encourages school students and staff to leave the car at home and utilize other modes of transportation, including carpooling and riding the bus. Approximately thirty percent of District students at fourteen different schools participate in the event, avoiding approximately 12,000 car trips.
This year, local officials are invited to join Walking School Buses of students and parents to Lincoln Middle School on October 3 and John Adams Middle School on October 5 to show their support of the Districts Safe Routes to School Program. The two middle schools, along with Roosevelt Elementary and Will Rogers Learning Community, are participating in a Safe Routes pilot program to develop pedestrian and bicycle safety curricula and resources this school year.
Schools celebrating Bike it! Walk it! Day on October 3 include Lincoln Middle School, Roosevelt Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, John Muir Elementary/Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH) and Santa Monica High School. The remaining SMMUSD schools, including Will Rogers Learning Community, Edison Language Academy, Grant Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Juan Cabrillo Elementary, Point Dume Science School, John Adams Middle School, and Malibu High School, will participate on October 5.
Bike It! Walk It! and Safe Routes to School programs involve a partnership between the City of Santa Monica, the District, and the Parent Teacher Association to reduce traffic congestion near schools and promote health, safety, environmental, and community benefits. The Bike It! Walk It! effort supports community engagement through this environmentally friendly program. Please join SMMUSD as we bike, bus, scoot, skate, and walk to school!
Visit www.bikeitwalkit.org for further information, updates, and press links.
ph: 310.450.8338; fax: 310.581.1138