So many opportunities-DC Safe Routes to School

Wow! Did you see the DC Safe Routes to School newsletter last week? It was packed with how you can participate in the Safe Routes to School program. Here are a few of the options. There are several different ways to be involved, please pick at least one!!

DC Neighborhood Pace Car Program

The DC Neighborhood Pace Car Program is a national best practice. Parents sign a pledge to drive safely and display a sticker in their vehicle’s rear windshield. Pledges will be tallied and the classroom with the most returned pledges at each school will win a prize. Schools that sign up will receive everything they need to participate in the program. If you would like to participate or if you would like more information, e-mail safetyed@waba.org and copy jennifer.hefferan@dc.gov . There is also more info on the Washington Area Bicycle Association website.

 National Bike to School Day

The second annual National Bike to School Day will be held on May 8, 2013. Please help DC top the number of registered events from last year. Register your school’s event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. DC Schools that register events by May 6th will receive stickers to distribute to participants. [Note: registration is important for ALL schools in the Greater Washington region. We want to have a strong showing nationally for Bike to School Day!]

Second Annual Golden Bicycle Contest

This is a great idea! Will your school be the winner?

The DC Safe Routes to School program will hold the second annual Golden Bicycle Contest. Count the number of student bikes parked at your school on May 8th and report that number to the DC Safe Routes to School Coordinator (Jennifer’s contact info). The school with the highest percentage of participation will receive the Golden Bicycle to proudly display at the school. Key Elementary School won the Golden Bicycle last year, which school will win it in 2013?

Bike Poster Contest

The DC Safe Routes to School Program is providing an opportunity to participate in a National Poster Contest Poster Contest Bike Posterv1aimed at 5th graders. One lucky Washington, DC 5th grader will win a bike, bike light, and helmet! Deadline for entry is April 1, 2013. Please help spread the word! Contact Jennifer Hefferan, jennifer.hefferan@dc.gov if you have any questions.

ABC’s of Family Biking

I am so excited to see this event back for year 2! Congrats on a successful first event, looks like this may become annual!

The DC Safe Routes to School Program will partner with Kidical Mass DC and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for the “ABC’s of Family Biking,” a one-day event where families can learn everything they need to know about biking with kids. This year’s event promises to be even better than last years. Stay tuned for more details about this event which is tentatively scheduled for April 27th.

Funding Opportunity from the DC Department of Health: Community Transformation Grants

The Government of the District of Columbia, Department of Health Community Health Administration seeks to implement systems, environmental, and programmatic changes aimed at increasing physical activity and proper nutrition, reducing weight, reducing tobacco use, and improving chronic disease outcomes. Safe Routes to School-related activities are one of the eligible areas for this funding source.

Application Submission Deadline: February 28, 2013. Visit their website to learn more.

I told you there were LOTS of opportunities to be involved! Happy walking and bicycling!!

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