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SFUSD Will Launch Safe Routes to School on Walk to School Day Tomorrow
Posted By Michael Rhodes On October 6, 2009 @ 1:42 pm In Bike to School Day,Safe Routes to School,Walking | 12 Comments
Walk to School Day has become a popular event at schools in San Francisco, regionally, and beyond, but with the two-year, federally-funded $500,000 Safe Routes to School grant, SFUSD aims to institutionalize and coordinate programs that promote walking. The grant is about "pulling together different programs that everyone already does in San Francisco, and to try to tighten them up and add in a more comprehensive approach," said Jason Serafino-Agar, the SFBC's Safe Routes to School program coordinator.
The program will start with five schools this year, expanding to fifteen next year, and is based on the "five Es": education, encouragement, engineering, evaluation and enforcement.
The education component will include classes for second graders on pedestrian safety, classes for fourth graders on bicycle safety, walk and bike maps for each school, and traffic safety information packets for drivers near the participating schools. On the enforcement end, SFPD will be doing targeted enforcement near the schools. There will be walk and bike audits to identify infrastructure shortcomings that need to be addressed, and officials will collect and analyze data on how schoolchildren get to and from school, and on parents' attitudes and knowledge about walking and biking.
Walk to School Day fits into the program's encouragement component, along with Bike to School Day  and the annual ten-week Shape Up SF Walking Challenge .
To launch Safe Routes to School in the city and mark Walk to School Day, parents and students will be forming a "walking school bus" at the McDonald's parking lot at 5454 Mission Street tomorrow, departing at 8:10 a.m. and arriving at Longfellow Elementary School ten minutes later. At 8:40, a special morning outdoor rally will be held at Longfellow, with Supervisor John Avalos, Safe Routes to School coordinators, parents, kids who walked or biked to school and school administrators.
"It's exciting that we get to work to change the habits of a generation," said Serafino-Agar, "to show them what's possible and support them in the choices that they can make."
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URLs in this post:
 SF Walk to School Day: http://www.sfwalktoschool.com/
 Safe Routes to School: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/saferoutes/
 Safe Routes to Schools: http://www.saferoutestoschools.org/index.shtml
 Thomas Hawk: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/2202278266/
 Bike to School Day: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/05/28/first-bike-to-school-day-in-san-francisco-a-success/
 Shape Up SF Walking Challenge: http://www.shapeupsfwalkingchallenge.org/
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