Happening April 25th, 2015: MESD Annual Family Bike Fest!! Click here for more info.
The 2014/15 Safe Routes to School program will include:
- Walking School Bus Program
- Student Valet Program
- District-City Infrastructure Improvements
- Bike Skills Academy and Family Bike Fest 3
- Bike Blender Promotion and Lesson Plans
For more information contact the MESD Safe Routes Coordinator: Chelsea Biklen
The MESD Safe Routes program proudly welcomes its new Rock-The-Bike bike-powered smoothie maker - the Cupcake Crusher. You can have the bike blender visit your next classroom party to serve up some healthy yummy physical activity.
The Cupcake Crusher will be featured at school events and can be checked out for two weeks per school site. To reserve the bike blender:
- Check the calendar below for availability
- Have the school principal contact Rusty Hopewell with the desired dates.
We all are impacted by school traffic, whether we are trying to get our children to school, trying to get to work, living in the neighborhood, or just passing through during pick-up and drop-off activities. Here are a number of suggestions to help limit the congestion and get your child to/from school in a safe manner:
If you live within walking distance of the school, have your child walk or bike to school. The exercise is good for them.
If you have younger children, then consider walking with them. The exercise will do the whole family good.
Form or participate in a Walking School Bus. The MESD Safe Routes program is offering each school site training and resources needed to start their own Walking School Bus Program. For more information contact your school's Principal.
If your children are older or skilled on their bike, have them bike to school. Be sure to explore a safe route beforehand and to ride it with your child a few times so they know the route and you are comfortable with their riding skills.
Attend the annual Millbrae Family Bike Fest. The MESD Safe Routes program offers a bike skills training course through the WheelKids Bicycle Club organization. During this bike skills challenge students will learn the rules of the road and how to be a better defensive biker. The 2014/15 Family Bike Fest will be offered during the Spring on a date TBD.
Park and Walk - park a few blocks from the school and walk the last few with your kids. Good way to stretch the legs.
Start a School Car Pool. There are a number of resources to help you find and manage your school car pools. You can try the 511.org's SchoolPool online tool, or even better go mobile with the KangaDo parent helper app (iPhone and Android) that helps not only with finding and managing school car pools, but also with finding babysitters, play dates, and more.
If you have to drive, then be sure to go with the flow and obey all traffic rules. Drive as if your kids live here - because they do. Here are traffic flow maps for each school to help keep the congestion moving in an orderly manner.
MESD's 2nd Annual Family Bike Fest
May 31, 2014, 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Taylor Middle School
This year's Family Bike Fest was a success with over 100 people attending. Activities included
- Bike Skills Academy for all skill levels (K-8)
- Neighborhood practice and safety rides
- Bike Skills Course
- Helmet giveaway and fitting
- Onsite bike mechanic for free minor repairs and tuneups
- Healthy picnic with the yummy Massaged Kale Salad and the awesome Emerald City Salad.
- Snack station
Here are some of our favorite images:
The Safe Routes to School program encourages students to engage in the healthier alternatives of walking and biking to and from school. The District has completed a walking audit for each school. This audit, and input from school staff and parents, will be used to improve traffic safety around schools and to encourage families to get their students to school by any means other than their car.
Safe Routes to School program is funded through a grant from the County Office of Education and from City/Council of Associated Governments (CCAG).