Students at Point Dume Marine Science School in Malibu set a new record for Bike It! Walk It! Day participation. Along with a Bike Train of parents and students with an LA County Sheriff Department escort, the school welcomed students to school with 15 minutes of fitness workout. Whew, those Point Dume kids have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Way to go!
Santa Monica and Malibu elementary schools report 40% to over 63% of students walked, biked, scooted or skateboarded to school last week for Bike It! Walk It! Week. Point Dume Marine Science School had the highest rate at 63%, followed closely by McKinley Elementary in Santa Monica at 60%. Highlights of the week included Sheriff’s escort and 15 minute fitness workout at Point Dume, and a Bike Parade from Clover Park to Grant Elementary and Will Rogers Learning Center. Congratulations to our students, parents and staff for supporting this healthy, sustainable and community building tradition!
Four enthusiastic Grant Elementary students enjoyed a pedicab ride around Clover Park before biking off to Grant Elementary and Will Rogers Learning Center Friday. A new Bike It! Day tradition, the Bike Parade was led by Bike It! Day co-founders Rachel Horn and Owen Gorman, Samohi ’08. Parents and other Samohi grads joined in. Kudos to Rachel, Armand for the pedicab, Owen for the music and the kids for the high energy which made the Bike Parade a success!
Roosevelt kicked off Bike It! Walk It! Week today with an impressive showing of bikes, scooters, and walkers. Now it’s time for the big kids to pick up the pace for Bike It! Walk It! Days tomorrow at Samohi, Olympic HS and Lincoln MS, as well as Point Dume. Please plan to join our school students in walking, biking, scooting, skating or taking the bus. If you can’t do that, be sure to drive extra slowly and carefully. You can reduce congestion and improve safety around schools by dropping off middle and high school students three or more blocks from school.
Samohi Solar Alliance leaders will celebrate ten years of leadership in Sustainability at Samo at tomorrow’s lunchtime Bike It Day celebration. Founded in 2004, the club worked to put solar panels back on the high school pool, then began Bike It Day as a way to encourage students to decrease global warming through their own travel choices. In photo, Jenna Perelman and Charlotte Biren, two of the many past SSA leaders who have maintained the momentum for Bike It! Day through the years. SSA founder Molly Straus and Bike It Day founder Rachel Horn will both be on hand tomorrow to celebrate with Claire Goldberg, current SSA leader.
Sat October 4 – FREE Bike Skills Rodeo at McKinley ES, 2401 Santa Monica from 9am-12 noon.
Tue October 7 – Roosevelt ES Bike It Walk It Day
Wed October 8-Lincoln MS, Samohi, Olympic HS, Franklin ES and Point Dume Marine Sciences School Bike It Walk It Days
Fri October 10-John Adams MS, Will Rogers, Edison, Grant, SMASH, Muir, McKinley ES, Malibu HS and Juan Cabrillo ES and Franklin ES Bike It Walk It Days
Note: Point Dume Marine Sciences will hold Bike It Walk It Day on Oct 8. Franklin ES will celebrate both Oct 8 and Oct 10.
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! Week on October 7-10. Approximately 30 percent of District students at 14 different schools participate in the event, avoiding approximately 12,000 car trips.
This year’s motto is “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!” Students, staff and parents are encouraged to walk, bike, scoot, skate or take the bus at least one “car-free” day per week. Roosevelt Elementary will begin the week with a Bike It Walk It Day on Tuesday, October 7. Schools celebrating Bike it! Walk it! Day on Wednesday, October 8 include Lincoln Middle School, Olympic High School, Franklin Elementary and Santa Monica High School. The remaining SMMUSD schools will participate on Friday, October 10, including Will Rogers Learning Community, Edison Language Academy, Grant Elementary, John Muir Elementary/Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), Franklin Elementary, Juan Cabrillo Elementary, Point Dume Marine Science School, John Adams Middle School, and Malibu High School.
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. Lincoln Middle School, John Adams Middle School, Roosevelt Elementary and Will Rogers Learning Community, participated in a Safe Routes pilot program to develop pedestrian and bicycle safety curricula and resources in 2012-13 which a new grant will make available to other schools. 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!