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Danville schools up to walk/bike challenge

Original post made on Jun 18, 2013

This spring, 730 students from 16 elementary schools in the San Ramon Valley participated in the Street Smarts Walk/Bike Challenge, a contest that encourages students to get to and from school under their own power. During the two-week challenge, students made 9,417 walking, biking, skateboarding and scootering trips.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 17, 2013, 3:30 PM


Posted by Grandma, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 18, 2013 at 6:27 am

After the Pack children were killed, walking or riding anywhere is not very attractive.
I see children walking or riding the Iron Horse Trail, all alone, scarey. Adults have had bad encounters on that trail.
My husband, driving home, had a little girl, a wobbly bike rider, slam her bike into his car by accident. These roads are not country lanes. Supervision is needed.

Posted by Kerri, a resident of Danville
on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

Congrats to Street Smarts SRV for putting together such a wonderful program!

Posted by Rita, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

When the Obama kids get out of their limo and bike to their $30,000 per kid per year school--call me. Idiots.

Posted by Dave, a resident of Danville
on Jun 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

@Rita -

Your comment was kInd of a non-sequitor. To whom was the "Idiots"epithet directed?

Posted by Rita, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

Dave is so funny to publically show he doesn't understand basic punctuation in the use of the period. The low info voters are the idiots to follow the bouncing ball of liberalism. Idiots.

Posted by Rick sangiacomo, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I got it the first time, Rita. Methinks "Dave" considers himself quite the intellectual---ha ha--not!!

Posted by Rush Limbaugh, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

@Rita, Rick
I agree Dave is and sounds like an intellectual and we do not.
Keep up the good work on my behalf.


Posted by Alaskan, a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I pob'ly soooo agree with Rush, but I'm not sure because I quit reading half-way through. LOL! /wink!

Luv ya lots!


Posted by Dave, a resident of Danville
on Jun 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

Rita must be a member of the knee-jerk, right-wing cadre that looks for any opportunity to try to link any public issue with which they disagree -- be it local, state, national, or international -- to a comment slamming President Obama. Strikes me as a bit petty and obsessive.

But, even more than that, it doesn't add anything useful to the discussion.

As far as kids riding their bikes to school, the schools run the program both to promote bike safety -- which seems like a good thing, because so many kids do ride bikes in this area, whether to school or elsewhere -- and to show that riding bikes cuts down on car trips to school (which saves energy and cuts down on tailpipe emissions). There are many parents, including me, who either ride or run along with their kids to school on those days, to make sure their kids are safe and to reinforce safe biking habits.

All around, it's a good program.

Posted by Bike R Dan, a resident of Danville
on Jun 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

730 students from 16 elementary schools particpated in...During the two-week challenge, students made 9,417 walking, biking, skateboarding and scootering trips..

SO over 14 days that amounts to an average of 672 "trips per day" or 336 round trips per day if I can make that assumption.

Also lets assume that in 16 elementary schools there are 300 students per school? so 4,800 students per day that could participate.

So the rough guess on the percentage of kids that participated is
336/4800 is 7%!!!!!!!!!!

I am so happy you did something to promote getting to school on your own power. But 7%. That is HORRIBLE!! In fact, I would dearly hope that 7% are already doing this on their own. Wow is this place a bunch of privileges brats, ARRRGGGHHHH

Posted by Jim Fakenameforlegitimacy, a resident of Danville
on Jun 24, 2013 at 8:00 am

Dave hit the nail on the head.

@Rita - this was not a federal program, so Pres Obama's kids weren't asked to participate. Maybe you should write them and ask them if they are willing. Idiot.

But then doing so would require you to actually fire up some neurons, employ a little logic and get off your unjustifiably high horse, remove the blinders from your hate-filled eyes and engage in what some would refer to as civil discourse. Idiot.

This is a local program designed to help kids in the community be safe while riding to school. For any of you to politicize it is a reach of truly herculean proportions.

@Bikerdan - those figures are the people who reported in, took the time to take part in the program. The number of kids who ride to school every day is certainly much higher. Go to any of the elementary schools in the area and see how jam packed their bike parking areas are on a daily basis before generalizing about things you know nothing about.