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Cycling for safety: Danville students celebrate Walk to School day

Students in the San Ramon Valley,around the Bay Area and throughout the country are celebrated Walk to School Day Wednesday. Schools put an emphasis on learning safe routes to and from school and developing healthy exercise habits.

Among the activities planned on Oct. 3 was the beginning of a community-wide walk/bike challenge. The program will run through Nov. 7 in connection with Street Smarts program to reinforce exercise, fun, the reduction of air pollution and traffic by providing incentives for children to walk and bike to school.

"All of us, whether we walk or drive our kids to and from school have witnessed the often chaotic traffic situation," wrote Quail Run Principal Carol Loflin. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone was following the same safety etiquette and we could be assured that our kids will have a safe transit to and from school whether they walk or bike to school?"

Students at Bollinger Canyon, Creekside, John Baldwin, Montair, Montevideo, Neil Armstrong, Quail Run, Twin Creeks, or Vista Grande elementaries, or those at Stone Valley and Windemere Ranch middle schools can register for the walk/bike challenge and log their trips either to or from school. The more miles students walk, the more prizes their class can earn.

Those who walk or bike at least 20 one-way trips during the five week program will earn a prize; 40 trips earns a different safety prize. The winning class will receive a roaming trophy and $50 in classroom supplies. Additionally, the school with the highest percentage of students participating in the challenge will receive an additional $50 gift card.

Elementary students will also have an opportunity to learn about bicycle safety at various bike rodeos. Quail Run Elementary's rodeo will be held after school on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

"Bike rodeos are oftentimes a child's only opportunity to learn the rules of the road, have their helmet properly checked and practice riding their bike in a supervised bicycle course," the Street Smarts website states. "All students at the school are encouraged to bike to school on the day of the event."

For more information on Walk to School day, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Danville
on Oct 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

Kids and Parents,
PLEASE be careful walking and riding your bikes to school. Its a great idea. But...please beware of the fat oversized SUVs and Minivans that block the vision of other motorists and will block the sight of kids walking or riding across the street. Most drivers of these buses have no business behind the wheel as they dont know how to handle such large 'vehicals'. I'm sick of these tanks blocking the roads and driving up gas prices. Oh yeah, take the stupid "keep tahoe blue" stickers off the bumper! How bout keep the sky blue by getting ride of your tank.


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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Danville
on Oct 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

My kids will not be doing this green feel good program. Perhaps when the Obama kids leave their $30000 per child per year private school-and their mommy stops dictating what our kids get in public school lunches I'll reconsider---- the gall.


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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Danville
on Oct 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

Good heavens no Sarah, we wouldn't want you to have to climb out of your soccer mom-mobile and possibly break one of your carefully manicured fingernails. No, keep your brats safe inside the Sherman tank. Probably you are one of those who live 2-1/2 blocks from school and still drive - maybe you are one of my neighbors who I see doing exactly that every single day, rain or shine.
By all means let's punish Big O by withholding some fresh air from your offspring. That'll teach the pinko socialist commie.


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Posted by Biggy
a resident of Danville
on Oct 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

lol at 2nd Sarah.

I agree, big cars, big luggage, big food, big everything. God forbid they actually get some excercise. Oh yeah, they could help keeping our air fresh without polluting the air with those ridiculous tanks. I'm not sure they realize how stupid they look driving around cars that take up entire lanes.

The irony is these are the people who complain about cyclists sharing the road with cars. How bout you share the road with other cars!


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