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#65 Bike it! Walk it! The Next Generation on the Move in Santa Monica - Kendall

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#65 Bike it! Walk it! The Next Generation on the Move in Santa Monica - Kendall

  1. 1. Bike it! Walk it! Santa Monica’s Next Generation on the Move Pro Walk Pro Bike Sept 12, 2012
  2. 2. Introductions Alison Kendall, Kendall Planning + Design Tara Griffith, Samohi Solar Alliance, Student Gabriel Schier, SMASH Bike Club, Student Peter Dzewaltowski, City of Santa Monica School staff PTSA
  3. 3. Community Success story:Bike it! Walk it! Days• 2007- Samohi Bike it Day• 2009- Middle Schools join • Board of Ed SRTS Resolution• 2010 10 schools with over 25% of trips car-free. 2011 14 schools with over 30% car free 2012 14 schools with over 35% car free
  4. 4. 2007 Samohi 100 bikes2009 Samohi, JAMS, Lincoln 300 bikes2011 SMMUSD 600 bikes, 2900 car-free
  5. 5. Bike It Walk It Day
  6. 6. 1. Promote safe walking andbicycling to increase physical activity
  7. 7. LA County Adult Obesity Rates1997 2005
  8. 8. 2. Traffic Safety Where it’s safe, get kids walking and biking Where it’s not safe, make changes
  9. 9. 3. Air Quality • Measurably better around schools with more walkers and cyclists • Main student motivator: Environmental concerns
  10. 10. 1. Education: Bike Skills Class Teach bike skills Create traffic safety awareness Foster life-long safety habits Includes parents, students and staff 2010-present
  11. 11. 2. Encouragement  Increase popularity of walking and biking  Is an easy way to start SRTS programs  Emphasize fun of walking and biking
  12. 12. 3. Enforcement: CrossingGuards  Increase awareness of pedestrians and bicyclists  Improve driver behavior  Help children follow traffic rules  Decrease parent perceptions of danger
  13. 13. 4. Engineering: SRTS input Create safer, more accessible settings for walking and biking Bicycle Action Plan improvements Safe Routes to School Workshops
  14. 14. 5. Evaluation  Is the program making a difference? JAMS data Oct 2010 to 2011100% 90% 80% Drove 70% Scooter 60% Bus 50% Carpool 40% Bike 30% Walk 20% 10% 0% 2010 2011
  15. 15. Lincoln MS, JAMS, SAMOHI Participation – Spring 2009-11450400350300250 skate bus200 bike walk15010050 0 Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln JAMS JAMS JAMS SaMoHi SaMoHi SaMoHi 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011
  16. 16. Lincoln vs JAMS Bike it Walk it Day: Santa Monica High School(Pouring Rain vs Sun) Oct 2011 100% 90% 80% 70% Drove 60% Scooter 50% Bus Carpool 40% Bike 30% Walk 20% 10% 0% Lincoln 2011 JAMS 2011
  17. 17. Participation by School: Oct 2011
  18. 18. Helmet use decline, biking increases JAMS Helmet use since 2009 down to 61% from 75%, Lincoln use down to 70% from 85% High School Rate 25%-45%, Elementary 64- 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 2009 50% 2010 40% 2011 30% 20% 2012 10% 0% JAMS Helmets Lincoln Helmets
  19. 19. Develop a Safe RoutesAction Plan  Identify priorities  Roles: City, District, School, Parent, Student  Resources  Access during Construction and Beyond
  20. 20. Lincoln Middle School Project OverviewPrincipal: Suzanne WebbScope of Work: Replace one-story west wingwith new two-story building including library,classrooms, chorus room and science labs.Modernize second floor of main building into newclassrooms and science labs.Architect: DLR Group/WWCOTCHPS: 44 CHPS points targeted (District goal is29 points)Square Feet:New Construction: 33,302 SFModernization: 7,928 SFDemolition: 12,694 SFConstruction Budget: $17,524,000Relocatables: CompletedTechnology: CompletedModernization of Building E: CompletedReplacement of Classroom Building C and SiteImprovements: 1st quarter 2012 – 4th quarter2013 4.23.1
  21. 21. Lincoln Middle School – Project Overview(Alternative) Replace Field Resurfaced Tennis CourtsReconfiguredEntrance Reconfigured Fire Lane & Parking Modernization of 2ndNew FloorClassroom Classrooms & ScienceBuilding Labs RelocatablesNew Courtyard andEntry 4.23.1
  22. 22. Lincoln Access during Construction
  23. 23. Construction: Bike Access
  24. 24. Bike Racks and Bike Access  Samohi: 100 bike capacity Bike it! Day 250 bikes  Lincoln : 50 bikes capacity; Bike it day: 100 bikes.  SMASH: 6 bikes capacity: Bike it Day: 80 bikes
  25. 25. V. ENCOURAGEMENT
  26. 26. Encouragement programs 1. Events 2. Walking school buses 3. Individual competition 4. Contests 5. Route map promotion
  27. 27. 1. Events: JAMS and Lincolncelebrate International Walk toSchool Day Oct 2011
  28. 28. Local News and Video
  29. 29. 2. Walking school buses, bicycle trains
  30. 30. 3. Rewards: stickers, bike gear, healthy snacks
  31. 31. Foster life-long habits
  32. 32. 4. Route maps
  33. 33. Student Leadership in middle andhigh schools Make it relevant Encourage students to take ownership Mentor student leaders Civic engagement Make it cool and fun!
  34. 34. Education programsSMASH Bike Skills Class
  35. 35. 1. Educating school students  Pedestrian and bicyclist safety  Personal security  Health benefits  Environment
  36. 36. Pedestrian safety skillsHow and where to cross
  37. 37. Bicyclist safety
  38. 38. Preparing for the ride
  39. 39. Personal security
  40. 40. Health and environment  Health benefits of physical activity  Concern for the environment
  41. 41. School-based education  Enthusiastic, well supported teachers  Lesson plans provided  Parent, student involvement
  42. 42. School Based Bike andPedestrian Training-2012-13  JAMS, Lincoln MS + 2 Elementary Schools  Walking School Buses and Bike Trains  Personal, Pedestrian and Bike Safety Workshops for students and parents  Walk/Bicycle Safety Education in PE class  Curriculum and Instructional Materials
  43. 43. Clubs and after school activitiesSMASH Bike Club 2010
  44. 44. Teach and reinforce safety skillsJAMS informal “Bike Train” led by parent cyclist, formal program in 2013
  45. 45. 2. Educating parents  Pedestrian and bicyclist safety  Safe driving near the school  School pick up and drop off procedures
  46. 46. Safe driving near schools,pick up and drop off rules
  47. 47. Strategies for reaching parentsbikeitwalkit.org website, E-newsletter
  48. 48. Ongoing Programs  Bike it! Walk it! Days in October and May  SRTS Task Forces at schools under construction  PTA Bike Helmet Promotion, Bike Skills Workshops  Smart Ways to School Outreach Still Needed:  Affordable Bikes and Repair Options  More Bike Parking at every school  Ongoing funding and SRTS Coordination
  49. 49. Two Words: Bike It!
  50. 50. The Samohi Solar Alliance A student-run, grass roots nonprofit working to inspire environmental awareness, education, and tangible change Over 800 passionate students, faculty, alumni, parents, and community organizations SSA consists of four subdivisions:  Education (Environmental Seminars)  Structural Changes (Solar Panels and Recycling)  Outreach (Public Contact)  Events (BIKE IT!)
  51. 51. Bike It! Basics SSA took action to challenge the car culture on campus. The resulting initiative took the form of two major “Bike It” events each year Collaboration with the PTA, school board, the city of Santa Monica, and local businesses
  52. 52.  A campus sensation at Samohi! One day where alternative transportation is fully appreciated All participants receive a popsicle during lunch celebration
  53. 53. Success! 40% of school participates Tremendous growth: 25 bikes average on rack in 2007 Over 100 bikes average in 2010 Gets students out of their car for the first time to experience how fun and easy biking or walking can be,
  54. 54. And Not So Successful... Lack of Helmets Difficulty in making Bike-it! Day on the same date across the district Weather
  55. 55. A Growing Movement • Expansion to other schools in the district • First event had over 800 participants in middle school level • Greater goals would be to spread Bike It! movement throughout the country • Organizing middle school seminars to bring awareness about the environment
  56. 56. Three Steps tostudent-led Bike SMASH Bike ClubTrainingStep 1: What do wewant?-Promote health andsafety-Encourage walking andbiking to school
  57. 57. Three Steps tostudent-led Bike SMASH Bike ClubTrainingStep 2: What do weneed?-7th grade Bike it Blog-Bike it/Walk It dayshows need for bikesafety training
  58. 58. Three Steps tostudent-led Bike SMASH Bike ClubTrainingStep 3: How do weget there?-Permission: Teachersand Principal-$$$: PTSA-Awareness: Gettingparents and studentsInterested throughcampus presence(Tables at events, flyers,newsletter blogs)
  59. 59. SMASH Bike ClubChallenges andSuccessesPreparationCurriculumFinding student teachingstaff/teacher supervisorsClassroom visits/sign-updaysChallengesSchedulingLocationMembership
  60. 60. SMASH Bike ClubChallenges andSuccessesSuccesses-3 kids off trainingwheels-Higher elementaryparticipation on 2nd bikeday due to increasedparent support
  61. 61. SMASH Bike ClubThe FutureGet ‘em youngContinuity-New leadership needs to be inplace before old leadershipleavesMembership-As extra-curricular activity it ishard to find enough members-Attach bike club to establishedevents at school
  62. 62. SMASH Bike ClubThe FutureCooperationSchools-Middle schools workingtogether-Middle and high schoolsworking togetherOff-campus Support-Working with school districtand city to take students offcampus after school andtake student-led training tothe next level
  63. 63. City of Santa Monica’s Role Policy Development  LUCE & Bicycle Action Plan Infrastructure Enhancements  Bike Center & Beach Bicycle Campus Promote Safety & Encouragement Activities  Support of Bike it! Walk it! Days School Coordination & Program Sustainability  Participation in SRTS Workshops  School Construction  Funding Resources
  64. 64. Bike Planning
  65. 65. “Bicycle Friendly Business”
  66. 66. Bicycle Training
  67. 67. Bicycle education is available to everyone
  68. 68. Public Awareness
  69. 69. New Infrastructure
  70. 70. Thoughtful Designs
  71. 71. Bike Parking
  72. 72. Bike Valet
  73. 73. Questions

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