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Safe Routes to School — Monterey County 2018 update

Short link to this post: https://bit.ly/SafeRoutesMoCo

Unless otherwise indicated, all links below go to Bicycling Monterey posts or pages that provide general info about those topics.

Among the many, many different ways you can advocate for bicycling— and other active transportation (e.g., walking, skateboarding— is to attend Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) Bicycling and Pedestrian Facilities (“bike-ped”) Advisory Committee meetings. Among the numerous topics addressed at meetings throughout the year is Safe Routes to School (SRTS).

See some highlights below from

TAMC’s Safe Routes to School Program draft.

Among the multiple benefits of children and teens having safe routes to school (and other support for biking/walking/skating for transportation) are the benefits to their physical, mental, and emotional health. There is also a growing body of research regarding the boost to academic success.

Perhaps you’ve seen Bicycling Monterey’s post “Bike to School – Elementary, middle, and high school resources in Monterey County” AKA https://bit.ly/KidsBikeToSchool

As mentioned in the “Bike to School” post, when Dr. Hugh Stallworth retired from the Monterey County Health Department after a 42-year career in the field, he told Sara Rubin for the Monterey County Weekly that the most challenging public health issue here is one shared by the nation: childhood obesity. He warned that changing this is going “to have to be an entire community effort. If we don’t solve that one, the prediction is this is the first generation where parents might outlive their kids.”

In January 2018, Monterey Peninsula Unified School Board Trustee Wendy Root Askew tweeted: in some Monterey County communities, nearly 50% of children are now overweight or obese.

Would you like to help more Monterey County children and teens bike to school, or walk or skate to school? Get involved in local Safe Routes to School efforts.
Among items on the agenda for TAMC’s February 7, 2018, 6 p.m. bike-ped meeting is a draft of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, a countywide effort funded through voter-approved Measure X: 

Here are examples from TAMC’s SRTS draft.

Refer to the draft for more information. For any updates to the draft, contact the bike-ped coordinator at TAMC: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/contact/staff/.
Attend the meeting and learn more about Safe Routes to School possibilities ahead, along with other topics.

Note that the Feb 7, 2018 agenda packet also indicates that in FY 2019/20, mini grants will be available for bike safety instructor certification, as well as school-based Safe Routes to School encouragement programs, high school bike maintenance classes, traffic gardens, traffic safety equipment, crossing guard equipment, and training and neighborhood enforcement programs.

Can’t get to TAMC’s Wednesday evening bike-ped meetings? Consider participating via conference call. Questions? Contact TAMC: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/contact/staff/.

Below: East Market Street in the Alisal / East Salinas, part City of Salinas infrastructure improvements.

 

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