Biggest Week of Walking and Biking Ever in Alameda County!
More Than 20,000 Kids in Alameda County Walk and Roll to School During the 2009 International Walk and Roll to School Week
Over 70 schools from throughout Alameda County participated in this year's Walk and Roll to School Week events as part of the Safe Routes to Schools Alameda County Partnership, which is led by TransForm.
The positive response was overwhelming from kids, parents, school staff, community members, and the media.
In Alameda, Franklin Elementary Parent leader Kathryn Boyle wrote an inspirational letter to the editor published in both the Oct. 1 Alameda Sun and the Alameda Journal.
The Oakland Tribune also had a story highlighting the work of Manzanita Community School parent leader Elizabeth Ramos, and the important safety issues that Safe Routes to Schools seeks to address.
More schools than ever before included "walking school buses", bringing large groups of kids together led by a few parents to get to school in a fun and safe way.
And of course, there were prizes and treats for kids. There were Clif Kid tents and giveaways from Clif Bar Company, wonderful prizes and assistance in the Unincorporated Areas from the Alameda County Public Works Agency, California Highway Patrol, Alameda Sheriff's Dept., and Alameda County Redevelopment Agency, and strong support from Supervisors Nate Miley and Alice Lai-Bitker, as well as many city council and school board members.
Most importantly, schools throughout the County have signed on to keep the momentum of International Walk and Roll to School Week going all year!
The Safe Routes to Schools Program is made possible thanks to a major grant from Measure B (Alameda County's half-cent transportation sales tax, administered by ACTIA).