Special Features

Annual Meeting for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership: August 12

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s FREE Annual Meeting is taking place Monday, August 12 from 1:00-5:00 pm in conjunction with the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference in Sacramento, CA, followed by a Safe Routes Social from 5:00-6:00 pm. This half-day event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, and includes an update on the National Partnership’s work and plans for the future, a federal update, and the ever-popular breakout groups. There is also opportunity to network with fellow Safe Routes enthusiasts. Save the date and plan on signing up for this FREE meeting when you register for the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference. Feel free to contact Molly Simon, molly@saferoutespartnership.org for more details on this meeting.

img_state_capitol_tommyersCalifornia residents — make your voices heard at the state capital in Sacramento by participating in an Advocacy Day, organized by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, TransForm and Sacramento Walks. This event will take place at the end of the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference on Thursday, August 15. We will gather on the evening on August 14 to explain what we are advocating for and how to advocate, and then head to the “Building” in the afternoon the next day to meet with policy maker offices to advocate for legislation that will support Safe Routes to School and pedestrian and bicycle funds. Mid-August is the perfect time for us to make an impact, as all bills that will be headed to the Governor’s desk must pass out of the Assembly and Senate by mid-September. Advocacy Day will conclude by 5:00 pm so you can still travel home on August 15.

You can indicate your interest in participating in this effort by checking the appropriate box when you register online to attend the conference, or by contacting Molly Simon, molly@saferoutespartnership.org. Stay tuned for more details on this important opportunity!

FREE Transit Passes for All Conference Attendees

Regional TransitSacramento Regional Transit is generously providing complimentary transit passes for all 4th Safe Routes to Schools National Conference attendees — for use on RT buses and Light Rail — from Monday through Friday (August 12-15). Participants will be able to pick-up their free passes when they check during onsite conference registration hours at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. More details will be included in participant confirmation material sent out in late July. 

Charitable Bike Build

bike_3New youth bikes will be available for participants to help build during the conference. This activity will involve participants in a charitable act that will directly benefit local youth. At the close of the conference, the assembled bikes will be donated to local youth organizations. To find out more about the Charitable Bike Build and how you can contribute to this important effort, visit our Bike Build page.

Onsite Bike Share Program

img_bike_sharePractical Cycle, a Sacramento-based bike shop, has committed to providing a small fleet of bicycles for the conference bike share program. Bicycles and helmets will be available for participants to check out during the event for use in getting some physical activity between sessions and exploring the local bike trails and Sacramento’s lively downtown and midtown areas, all easily accessible by bicycle. Route maps will be provided to participants to find their way around easily and safely. The Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates will be managing the Bike Valet.

The bike share / bike valet schedule is now available.

Onsite Bike Valet

img_bike_valetPlanning on biking to the conference? Participants who expect to bike to the conference will be able to enjoy the convenience of a bike valet. Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) is sponsoring this FREE service. Dedicated and trained conference volunteers will supervise your bike during the scheduled time of the bike valet. You will receive a ticket that corresponds with the ticket on your bike that will allow for easy check-in and checkout.

SABA, a conference partner, will manage both the onsite Bike Share and Bike Valet.  The bike share / bike valet schedule is now available.

Mobile Bike Mural

BikeMuralMuralist Danielle Fodor invites conference attendees to participate in a mobile community bike mural by taking a moment to imagine Bike Fun. Conference attendees will be encouraged to create their own images of bike fun in drawings, poems, and collages in an ongoing art space.  Audience ideas will act as inspiration for the improvisational mural, which Fodor will paint live during the conference.

This mobile bike mural is part of a new multi-city public art project called “Paint Bike Fun,” that aims to promote cycling to children and families by using large scale community art to brand cycling as magical, joyous, and fun. The mobile bike mural was started in May (Bike Month) at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and consists of several interrelated panels that portray the artists, cyclists, activists, and children who created bike art as part of the project. The piece will be completed at the 4th SRTS National Conference and will be looking for a good home after August 15th. For more info about Danielle Fodor and this project visit www.daniellefodor.com or the Paint Bike Fun Campaign visit www.paintbikefun.com.

Students Support SRTS!

student_drawingCheck out the pedestrian and bicycle safety messages included in the student artwork on display during the Safe Routes to School National Conference! Safe Routes to School-inspired drawings were created by elementary school children throughout California as part of the California Department of Public Health’s Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center “Call for Drawings” in May, 2013. The selected drawings will be incorporated in the California Pedestrian­­ and Bicycle Safety Curriculum, which includes nine lesson plans for grades 4 and 5 that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, currently under development in partnership with the California Healthy Kids Resource Center.

Kidical Mass Ride

kidicalmassKidical Mass started in Eugene, OR as a way to combine adults, kids, and bicycles. You can now find Kidical Mass rides all over the world! Children are traffic, too! This is a wonderful way to get families riding bikes together, safely and confidently. Please join us Wednesday, August 14th, from 11:30-1:00pm for a fun, FREE Kidical Mass ride demonstration. We will be riding from the SRTS Conference (Sheraton Grand Hotel) to a nearby coffee shop for some lunchtime treats. This is a casual, family-friendly ride of approximately 3 miles round trip. Online sign-ups have now closed. If you would like to sign-up for the ride please check-in at the conference registration desk to see if space is still available.

Super Weevil to appear at the 4SRTS Conference!

SuperWeevilWe are excited to announce that Super Weevil is making his way to the 4th SRTS National Conference in Sacramento! Super Weevil will participate in some of the planned conference activities and create a photo and video document of his trip the State’s Capitol city and his experience at the conference.

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre presents Super Weevil: a fun-loving insect who promotes wearing safety gear when riding bikes, skateboards, and scooters. Super Weevil has been touring schools with his message of safety since 1986 and most recently has partnered with Safe Routes to School on Walk and Bike to School Days throughout Northern California.