Santa Monica Students To Track Their "Car-Free" Miles Getting To School
Posted Mar. 2, 2013, 8:50 am
Mitch James / Mirror Contributor
Four Santa Monica schools will participated in the City of Santa Monica’s Car(e) Free Campaign in March and April to encourage students to walk and bike to school each day.
John Adams Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, Will Rogers Elementary School, and Roosevelt Elementary School will be participating in this friendly competition geared to making walking and biking to school a habit.
Car(e) Free Kick Off Events:
March 5 - Roosevelt Elementary School, 801 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
March 6 - Lincoln Middle School, 1501 California Avenue, Santa Monica
March 7 ‐ Will Rogers Learning Community, 2401 14th Street, Santa Monica
March 8 ‐ John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th Street, Santa Monica
Students will be tracking trips made without a car, and these “Car‐free” miles will count towards monthly incentives. One competition target is to be the first class to walk and bike enough miles to reach San Francisco.
The event will begin the week of March 4 and will end in May during National Walk to School Week when students will celebrate Bike It Walk It. The campaign is intended to reward students who seek alternatives to motor vehicle trips when arriving or leaving school with incentives such as stickers and Car(e) Free buttons.
Students will track their progress by completing Car(e) Free Log Books given to them to record their commuting trips each month. Prizes will be provided to recognize the students who walk and bike the furthest, as well as the class who accumulated the most Car‐Free Miles.
The Car(e) Free Contest is part of a larger Safe Routes to School pilot project managed by the City of Santa Monica in partnership with the Santa Monica‐Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), and Parent‐Teacher‐Student Associations.
Funding for the project has been provided by Metro, Caltrans, and the City of Santa Monica. The goal of the project is to encourage more children to bicycle and walk to school.
Through the 2012‐2013 school year, a range of educational workshops, classes, fun events and contests, are teaching children and parents greater confidence in safe walking and bicycling, and raise awareness of the many benefits of arriving at school by foot or by bike.
Events so far have included Santa Monica’s first Family Bike Fest, walking school buses, bike skills classes, walk/bike audits, and much more.