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Bike it! Walk it! Santa Monica’s
 Next Generation on the Move
       Pro Walk Pro Bike
          Sept 12, 2012
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
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
2007 Samohi 100 bikes
2009 Samohi, JAMS, Lincoln 300 bikes
2011 SMMUSD 600 bikes, 2900 car-free
Bike It Walk It Day
1. Promote safe walking and
bicycling to increase physical activity
LA County Adult Obesity Rates
1997                     2005
2. Traffic Safety
 Where it’s safe, get kids walking and biking
 Where it’s not safe, make changes
3. Air Quality
 • Measurably better around schools with more
   walkers and cyclists
 • Main student motivator: Environmental concerns
1. Education: Bike Skills Class
 Teach bike skills
 Create traffic safety
  awareness
 Foster life-long safety
  habits
 Includes parents,
  students and staff
 2010-present
2. Encouragement
   Increase popularity
    of walking and biking
   Is an easy way to
    start SRTS
    programs
   Emphasize fun of
    walking and biking
3. Enforcement: Crossing
Guards
   Increase awareness
    of pedestrians and
    bicyclists
   Improve driver
    behavior
   Help children follow
    traffic rules
   Decrease parent
    perceptions of danger
4. Engineering: SRTS input
 Create safer, more
  accessible settings
  for walking and
  biking
 Bicycle Action Plan
  improvements
 Safe Routes to
  School Workshops
5. Evaluation
        Is the program making a difference?
                 JAMS data Oct 2010 to 2011


100%
 90%
 80%                                Drove
 70%                                Scooter
 60%                                Bus
 50%                                Carpool
 40%
                                    Bike
 30%
                                    Walk
 20%
 10%
  0%
         2010     2011
Lincoln MS, JAMS, SAMOHI
      Participation – Spring 2009-11
450


400


350


300


250                                                                                       skate
                                                                                          bus

200                                                                                       bike
                                                                                          walk

150


100


50


 0
      Lincoln   Lincoln   Lincoln      JAMS   JAMS   JAMS      SaMoHi   SaMoHi   SaMoHi
       2009      2010           2011   2009   2010      2011    2009     2010     2011
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
Participation by School: Oct 2011
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
Develop a Safe Routes
Action Plan
  Identify priorities
  Roles: City,
   District, School,
   Parent, Student
  Resources
  Access during
   Construction and
   Beyond
Lincoln Middle School Project Overview
Principal: Suzanne Webb

Scope of Work: Replace one-story west wing
with new two-story building including library,
classrooms, chorus room and science labs.
Modernize second floor of main building into new
classrooms and science labs.

Architect: DLR Group/WWCOT

CHPS: 44 CHPS points targeted (District goal is
29 points)

Square Feet:
New Construction: 33,302 SF
Modernization: 7,928 SF
Demolition: 12,694 SF

Construction Budget: $17,524,000

Relocatables: Completed

Technology: Completed

Modernization of Building E: Completed

Replacement of Classroom Building C and Site
Improvements: 1st quarter 2012 – 4th quarter
2013

                                                   4.23.1
Lincoln Middle School – Project Overview
(Alternative) Replace Field   Resurfaced Tennis
                              Courts


Reconfigured
Entrance                              Reconfigured Fire
                                      Lane & Parking

                                      Modernization of 2nd
New                                   Floor
Classroom                             Classrooms & Science
Building                              Labs

                                         Relocatables




New Courtyard and
Entry                                                     4.23.1
Lincoln Access during Construction
Construction: Bike Access
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
V. ENCOURAGEMENT
Encouragement programs

 1. Events
 2. Walking school buses
 3. Individual competition
 4. Contests
 5. Route map promotion
1. Events: JAMS and Lincoln
celebrate International Walk to
School Day Oct 2011
Local News and Video
2. Walking school buses,
  bicycle trains
3. Rewards: stickers, bike
    gear, healthy snacks
Foster life-long habits
4. Route maps
Student Leadership in middle and
high schools
 Make it relevant
 Encourage students
  to take ownership
 Mentor student
  leaders
 Civic engagement
 Make it cool and fun!
Education programs
SMASH Bike Skills Class
1. Educating school students
   Pedestrian and
    bicyclist safety
   Personal security
   Health benefits
   Environment
Pedestrian safety skills
How and where to cross
Bicyclist safety
Preparing for the ride
Personal security
Health and environment
   Health benefits of
    physical activity
   Concern for the
    environment
School-based education
  Enthusiastic, well
   supported teachers
  Lesson plans
   provided
  Parent, student
   involvement
School Based Bike and
Pedestrian 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
Clubs and after school activities
SMASH Bike Club 2010
Teach and reinforce safety skills
JAMS informal “Bike Train” led by parent cyclist, formal program in 2013
2. Educating parents
   Pedestrian and
    bicyclist safety
   Safe driving near the
    school
   School pick up and
    drop off procedures
Safe driving near schools,
pick up and drop off rules
Strategies for reaching parents
bikeitwalkit.org website, E-newsletter
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
Two Words: Bike It!
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!)
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
 A campus sensation at Samohi!


 One day where alternative transportation is fully
  appreciated



 All participants receive a popsicle during lunch
  celebration
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,
And Not So
    Successful...

 Lack of Helmets



 Difficulty in making Bike-it! Day on
   the same date across the district



 Weather
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
Three Steps to
student-led Bike         SMASH Bike Club
Training



Step 1: What do we
want?
-Promote health and
safety

-Encourage walking and
biking to school
Three Steps to
student-led Bike          SMASH Bike Club
Training



Step 2: What do we
need?
-7th grade Bike it Blog

-Bike it/Walk It day
shows need for bike
safety training
Three Steps to
student-led Bike             SMASH Bike Club
Training

Step 3: How do we
get there?
-Permission: Teachers
and Principal

-$$$: PTSA
-Awareness: Getting
parents and students
Interested through
campus presence
(Tables at events, flyers,
newsletter blogs)
SMASH Bike Club
Challenges and
Successes
Preparation
Curriculum
Finding student teaching
staff/teacher supervisors
Classroom visits/sign-up
days


Challenges
Scheduling
Location
Membership
SMASH Bike Club
Challenges and
Successes
Successes
-3 kids off training
wheels

-Higher elementary
participation on 2nd bike
day due to increased
parent support
SMASH Bike Club

The Future
Get ‘em young
Continuity

-New leadership needs to be in
place before old leadership
leaves

Membership

-As extra-curricular activity it is
hard to find enough members

-Attach bike club to established
events at school
SMASH Bike Club

The Future
Cooperation
Schools

-Middle schools working
together

-Middle and high schools
working together




Off-campus Support

-Working with school district
and city to take students off
campus after school and
take student-led training to
the next level
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
Bike Planning
“Bicycle Friendly Business”
Bicycle Training
Bicycle education is available to
           everyone
Public Awareness
New Infrastructure
Thoughtful Designs
Bike Parking
Bike Valet
Questions

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

  • 1. Bike it! Walk it! Santa Monica’s Next Generation on the Move Pro Walk Pro Bike Sept 12, 2012
  • 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. 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. 2007 Samohi 100 bikes 2009 Samohi, JAMS, Lincoln 300 bikes 2011 SMMUSD 600 bikes, 2900 car-free
  • 5. Bike It Walk It Day
  • 6. 1. Promote safe walking and bicycling to increase physical activity
  • 7. LA County Adult Obesity Rates 1997 2005
  • 8. 2. Traffic Safety  Where it’s safe, get kids walking and biking  Where it’s not safe, make changes
  • 9. 3. Air Quality • Measurably better around schools with more walkers and cyclists • Main student motivator: Environmental concerns
  • 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. 2. Encouragement  Increase popularity of walking and biking  Is an easy way to start SRTS programs  Emphasize fun of walking and biking
  • 12. 3. Enforcement: Crossing Guards  Increase awareness of pedestrians and bicyclists  Improve driver behavior  Help children follow traffic rules  Decrease parent perceptions of danger
  • 13. 4. Engineering: SRTS input  Create safer, more accessible settings for walking and biking  Bicycle Action Plan improvements  Safe Routes to School Workshops
  • 14. 5. Evaluation  Is the program making a difference? JAMS data Oct 2010 to 2011 100% 90% 80% Drove 70% Scooter 60% Bus 50% Carpool 40% Bike 30% Walk 20% 10% 0% 2010 2011
  • 15. Lincoln MS, JAMS, SAMOHI Participation – Spring 2009-11 450 400 350 300 250 skate bus 200 bike walk 150 100 50 0 Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln JAMS JAMS JAMS SaMoHi SaMoHi SaMoHi 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011
  • 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
  • 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. Develop a Safe Routes Action Plan  Identify priorities  Roles: City, District, School, Parent, Student  Resources  Access during Construction and Beyond
  • 20. Lincoln Middle School Project Overview Principal: Suzanne Webb Scope of Work: Replace one-story west wing with new two-story building including library, classrooms, chorus room and science labs. Modernize second floor of main building into new classrooms and science labs. Architect: DLR Group/WWCOT CHPS: 44 CHPS points targeted (District goal is 29 points) Square Feet: New Construction: 33,302 SF Modernization: 7,928 SF Demolition: 12,694 SF Construction Budget: $17,524,000 Relocatables: Completed Technology: Completed Modernization of Building E: Completed Replacement of Classroom Building C and Site Improvements: 1st quarter 2012 – 4th quarter 2013 4.23.1
  • 21. Lincoln Middle School – Project Overview (Alternative) Replace Field Resurfaced Tennis Courts Reconfigured Entrance Reconfigured Fire Lane & Parking Modernization of 2nd New Floor Classroom Classrooms & Science Building Labs Relocatables New Courtyard and Entry 4.23.1
  • 22. Lincoln Access during Construction
  • 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
  • 26. Encouragement programs 1. Events 2. Walking school buses 3. Individual competition 4. Contests 5. Route map promotion
  • 27. 1. Events: JAMS and Lincoln celebrate International Walk to School Day Oct 2011
  • 28. Local News and Video
  • 29. 2. Walking school buses, bicycle trains
  • 30. 3. Rewards: stickers, bike gear, healthy snacks
  • 33. Student Leadership in middle and high schools  Make it relevant  Encourage students to take ownership  Mentor student leaders  Civic engagement  Make it cool and fun!
  • 35. 1. Educating school students  Pedestrian and bicyclist safety  Personal security  Health benefits  Environment
  • 36. Pedestrian safety skills How and where to cross
  • 40. Health and environment  Health benefits of physical activity  Concern for the environment
  • 41. School-based education  Enthusiastic, well supported teachers  Lesson plans provided  Parent, student involvement
  • 42. School Based Bike and Pedestrian 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. Clubs and after school activities SMASH Bike Club 2010
  • 44. Teach and reinforce safety skills JAMS informal “Bike Train” led by parent cyclist, formal program in 2013
  • 45. 2. Educating parents  Pedestrian and bicyclist safety  Safe driving near the school  School pick up and drop off procedures
  • 46. Safe driving near schools, pick up and drop off rules
  • 47. Strategies for reaching parents bikeitwalkit.org website, E-newsletter
  • 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
  • 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. 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
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  • 53.  A campus sensation at Samohi!  One day where alternative transportation is fully appreciated  All participants receive a popsicle during lunch celebration
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  • 56. 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,
  • 57. And Not So Successful...  Lack of Helmets  Difficulty in making Bike-it! Day on the same date across the district  Weather
  • 58. 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
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  • 61. Three Steps to student-led Bike SMASH Bike Club Training Step 1: What do we want? -Promote health and safety -Encourage walking and biking to school
  • 62. Three Steps to student-led Bike SMASH Bike Club Training Step 2: What do we need? -7th grade Bike it Blog -Bike it/Walk It day shows need for bike safety training
  • 63. Three Steps to student-led Bike SMASH Bike Club Training Step 3: How do we get there? -Permission: Teachers and Principal -$$$: PTSA -Awareness: Getting parents and students Interested through campus presence (Tables at events, flyers, newsletter blogs)
  • 64. SMASH Bike Club Challenges and Successes Preparation Curriculum Finding student teaching staff/teacher supervisors Classroom visits/sign-up days Challenges Scheduling Location Membership
  • 65. SMASH Bike Club Challenges and Successes Successes -3 kids off training wheels -Higher elementary participation on 2nd bike day due to increased parent support
  • 66. SMASH Bike Club The Future Get ‘em young Continuity -New leadership needs to be in place before old leadership leaves Membership -As extra-curricular activity it is hard to find enough members -Attach bike club to established events at school
  • 67. SMASH Bike Club The Future Cooperation Schools -Middle schools working together -Middle and high schools working together Off-campus Support -Working with school district and city to take students off campus after school and take student-led training to the next level
  • 68. 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
  • 72. Bicycle education is available to everyone