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COAST promotes Bike to School Day in May across all county schools.
International Walk to School Day in October get kids moving!
COAST facilitates weekly & monthly Walk and Roll programs at several elementary & Jr. high schools. Here's a walking group from Montecito Union School.
COAST conducts safety walks around school campuses for lower grade students.
COAST offers low-cost bike safety helmets at regional schools with free customized fittings.
Our helmet distributions are a big hit!
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COAST conducts bike safety presentations for students in a classroom setting. We cover all the basics of confident riding and the rules of the road for kids to ride predictably.
Before our bike rodeos, kids review the 'ABC Quick Check' to ensure their bikes are in safe running condition. Here, instructor Robert Caiza from our partner organization SB Bike Coalition runs the ABC Quick Check review.
Checking both tires for proper air inflation.
SB Bike Coalition's Robert Caiza confirms all kids are ready to roll!
The bike rodeo walk-thru.
Each 'safetyville' station is reviewed so kids are prepared for what's in store, before they get on their bikes.
We like to ask lots of questions to keep students engaged and thinking.
One last helmet adjustment...and let the rodeo begin!
A busy intersection!
Students practice proper stoping technique by putting their foot down.
Our 'street' lanes are marked to simulate actual city roads.
Kids practice good communication and negotiation with other cylists and motorists.
Students learn to signal properly before they arrive at stop signs or traffic signals.
Our rodeo riders learn about and practice the 3-foot rule for keeping a safe distance from parked cars.
Watch out for the door zone!
But remember to stay in your lane without swerving.
Some kids get one-on-one help riding their bikes. Here, SB Bike Coalition's Education Director Christine Bourgeois teaches a new bike rider!
After the rodeo: The recap!
What did we learn? Biking is FUN! (Other things too!)
Our Bike Skills course reinforces confident riding and teaches the important skills of scanning, rock dodge and (for higher grades) quick stop. The course above was conducteed by SB Bike certified League Cycling Instructors Nancy Mulholland and Mike Vergeer.
A 6th grade rider navigates through our bike skills obstacle course, up and over the 'teeter-totter'.
A group of 6th graders prepares to enter a skills course where they will practice quick-stopping, scanning, signaling and turning.
Here, 6th grade students learn to use the 'power pedal postiion' before taking off on a figure-8 skills course.
THANKS FOR WATCHING WHAT WE DO!
COAST appreciates your support of our Safe Routes to School programs.
If you would like to volunteer to help at a bike rodeo or helmet distribution, check our SR2S Events Calendar page for contact information at specific events.
Safe Routes to School Program Overview
Did you walk or bike to school when you were a child?
Thirty years ago, more than 66% of all children walked to school. Today, only 13% of American children walk or bike to school. Many parents cite safety concerns as the main challenge in biking or walking to school.
COAST’s successful program, Safe Routes to School (SR2S), focuses on traffic problems associated with access to schools. SR2S is a popular program spreading across Canada and the US, designed to decrease traffic and pollution and improve the health of children and the community. The program promotes walking and biking to school through education and incentives that show how much fun it can be! SR2S also addresses the safety concerns of parents by encouraging greater enforcement of traffic laws, educating the public, and exploring ways through advocacy to create safer streets.
SR2S Coordinator Kim Stanley-Zimmerman leads a walk for 2nd graders around Hope School.
COAST coordinates the efforts of 20 agency and community partners, including the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, the PTA Safety Committee, various government and law enforcement agencies, Traffic Solutions and the Diabetes Resource Center. SR2S has developed a school zone safety assessment, safety videos, and an education and safety-training program, through which we conduct popular ‘bike rodeos’ at community schools. SR2S also distributes low-cost bicycle helmets (often free to children of low-income families).
Long-time volunteer Marianne helps a young bicyclist fit her brand-new helmet at Hope School.
Safe Routes to School integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness and safety all under one program. It is an opportunity to work closely with your school, your community and your local government to create a healthy lifestyle for children and a safer and cleaner environment for everyone.
If you would like to be a Safe Routes to School “Champion” and lead your school’s program, please go to our Champions’ Page.