511 Contra Costa Programs a Huge Hit this Fall
Over 100 schools participated in 511 Contra Costa’s school programs this fall – congratulations to all who participated! Check out some of the numbers below.
International Walk to School Day
International Walk to School Day was a huge hit! With the help of 511 Contra Costa, 13 schools in Central and East County participated in Walk to School Day. Congratulations to all of our participating schools!
Pleasant Hill Middle
R. Paul Krey Elementary
Gregory Gardens Elementary
Ron Nunn Elementary
Diablo View Middle
Walnut Creek Intermediate
Diablo Vista Elementary
Carmen Dragon Elementary
We look forward to working with even more schools next year!
511 Contra Costa served 107 Schools in Central and East County with the School Pool Transit Ticket program. Over 3,000 bus passes were given out to students to try the bus and leave the car behind. This year the School Pool program served more students than ever before. Now we call that a success! Learn more about our School Pool Transit Ticket Program.
Peace on the Streets: Ride On!
Congratulations to the 2,000 students from Martinez Junior High School and J. Douglas Adams Middle School for participating in the Fall 2011 Peace on the Streets: Ride On! program.
Through the combined efforts of both schools, students removed a whopping 482 vehicles from the streets on their respective Challenge Days! A special thanks to Ian’s Yogurt and STF BMX in Martinez as well as Brentwood Bike Co. and Willy’s Bagels in Brentwood for their generous donations to the Peace on the Streets: Ride On! program.
511CC has been assisting adults with information on ways to minimize the use of the car for errands and commutes for 20 years. However lasting behavior change starts at a young age and with Safe Routes to Schools, walking, bicycling, and alternative transportation education is being implemented in the primary schools.
Safe Routes to Schools programs across the country educate school-aged children and their parents on ways to bike and walk to school safely with practical hands-on training.
In Contra Costa County, students at participating schools enjoy a range of similar activities through Peace on the Streets: Ride On!, including:
- Road simulations and bike rodeos in Physical Education classes
- Parent Education Meeting with local police, health professionals, and city staff
- Commute Alternative Challenge Day
- A stunt and safety assembly.
In October 2010, 511 Contra Costa staff developed the first week-long Peace on the Streets; Ride On! course. The program had two principle goals in five schools:
- To educate and inspire middle school students to bike and walk safely to school
- To identify existing barriers to biking and walking at each particular school site while also assessing the school’s various transportation-related needs
Thanks to strong community support, each Peace on the Streets: Ride On! school was able to lower its single-occupancy vehicle trips by 44 percent on Commute Alternative Challenge Days. Since that enormous success, 511 Contra Costa continues rolling out the program to other middle schools through 2013. Martinez Mr. High and Douglas Adams Jr. High School will have host Peace of the Streets: Ride On! events later this fall. Would you like Peace on the Streets: Ride On! at your child’s middle school? Contact Street Smarts Diablo.
International Walk to School Day is October 3, 2012. On top of that 511 Contra Costa will celebrate International Walk to School Day in Central and East Contra Costa by supporting with posters, banners, tally sheets, and incentives to participating schools. Do you want to celebrate International Walk to School Day at your school? Contact Kayla Jossey. *Peace on the Streets; Ride On! and support for International Walk to School Day is offered to schools located in Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Knightsen, Oakley, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek.