Bike to School Day 2018- A Massive Success!
This year’s National Bike to School Day was a huge success with most schools seeing an increase in the number of students traveling to school by bike. Cupertino joined the ranks of over 2,500 schools nationwide by holding events to celebrate.
Homestead High School’s bike stampede program that encouraged ridership by handing out Hershey’s kisses, reflective stickers, and gift cards to students who rode to school.
Kennedy Middle School’s ‘JFK Green Commuters Club’ hosted our City’s Safe Routes 2 School team to speak to a group of 25 students about the benefits of alternative transportation. Mayor Darcy Paul was there to help support and hand out chocolates to engaged students.
Steven Creek Elementary’s weekly Wednesday Walk & Roll where they handed out reflective backpack tags and tickets to students who walked, biked, scootered, or took the bus.
While most schools saw an increase in bikes on campus yesterday, we congratulate Stevens Creek Elementary for doubling their Wednesday average! Thank you to all of the students and families who walked and rolled yesterday and we encourage you to continue to ride throughout the rest of National Bike Month (May) and beyond!
Goals for '18/ '19 School Year!
- Continue Walk & Roll programs and grow walking school buses.
- Implement additional Walk Audit improvements.
- Host BMX bike safety shows at CUSD Middle Schools.
- Host bike rodeos at every CUSD elementary school.
- Continue the recruitment and integration of High School students into the SR2S Working Group.
- Update and create more education resources.
- Recruit more parent champions at CUSD and FUHSD schools.
Accomplishments of '17/ '18 School Year!
The 2017/ '18 school year was hugely successful year for Cupertino’s Safe Routes 2 School (SR2S) program! From hosting two hugely successful citywide bike rides, to growing the SR2S program and implementing improvement projects, this past school year was filled with many achievements and highlights.
- Pogo @ CHS
- Introduced a carpooling app called Pogo Rides at Cupertino High School, rolled out mid-year.
- Crossing Flag Program Expansion
- Added crossing flags at 5 new intersections near Eaton Elementary, Faria Elementary, and Cupertino High School.
- We are actively replacing old tattered flags with clean new ones.
- Crossing flag program began in fall of 2016 and we have every intention of expanding the program to more intersections throughout Cupertino with the help of volunteers.
- Walk Audit Implementation
- This fall we will continue implementing our school walk audit recommendations. Some of this work will be included in this summer’s pavement maintenance program. The majority of this work will be upgrading striping to high visibility. Many projects will become part of CIP for 2018/ '19.
- Trail Studies & Bicycle Boulevard Project
- Assisted with public outreach efforts on trail studies and bicycle boulevard project.
- Stevens Creek Walk & Roll Wednesday
- One of the most consistent and effective programs of the school year.
- Led by parent champion Heidi Griesshaber with the help of Principal Prystas and students.
- Stevens Creek Walk & Roll, did an excellent job at engaging and motivating students to walk to school through the motivation of stickers and the golden sneaker award.
- City Wide Events
- Fall Bike Fest
- 80 Participants.
- 2 Rides (6mile ride and 12 mile ride).
- Safe Moves provided a bike rodeo that helped teach kids bike handling skills as well as safety skills.
- 3rd annual Earth Day Pedal 4 the Planet Family Bike Rides.
- 2 family friendly routes and free bike repairs before the rides that were provided by Performance Bicycle.
- Nearly 100 participants between the 2 rides. (6 mile route through 3 Cupertino parks and 11 mile route through Blackberry Farms).
- Other Projects
- Faria will start a walking school bus next year!
- Eaton started a bicycle loaner program with a donated school bike for students to use.
- CUSD schools held 7 bike rodeos!