Marin County Safe Routes to Schools During COVID-19
TAM’s Safe Routes to Schools program is committed to supporting our school communities by providing pedestrian and bicycle safety lessons and activities. The protocols outlined by Marin County’s Shelter Order for Social Distancing must be followed when walking, rolling and cycling at all times. Our Task Forces continue to suggest improvements to provide a safe environment for walking, rolling, and cycling with a special emphasis on offering ideas for temporary pop-up options to allow for social distancing.
Safe Routes to Schools has developed a downloadable flyer that contains social distancing tips for walking and rolling. This flyer has been developed with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services guidelines on public health and safety.
Stay up-to-date on the most recents updates on social distancing from the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services here.
Upcoming Task Force meetings: Zoom meetings are scheduled one week prior to each meeting. Click this link to request a Zoom meeting invitation.
- Larkspur – July 16, 3:45pm
- Ross Valley – July 21, 10:00am
- Mill Valley – July 23, 9:30am
- Kentfield – July 28, 9:00am
- Sausalito – July 30, 9:30am
- Tiburon – August 13, 9:00am
- Novato – Sept 3, 5:00pm
- San Rafael – Sept 15, 5:00pm
Virtual Walk Audits
Safe Routes to Schools will continue to conduct walk audits remotely using Google Earth and other tools to look at the conditions on the ground and to discuss user behaviors. This will allow our engineering team to offer both long term improvement ideas plus suggestions to provide for expanded space near the schools to allow for social distancing while walking and biking.
Safe Routes to Schools has created a number of route maps and is continuing to prepare new maps. While sheltering in place, we are conducting remote workshops for mapping. The route maps will be used to identify the primary routes to schools as well as park and walk options. You can view the list of currently available maps here.
Planning Around Schools for Opening
When schools re-open, the Safe Routes to School will be ready with curriculum and activities designed to keep kids stay healthy and active even if social distancing measures are still in place. The team is actively working on this new curriculum now. We’re in touch with school leaders and county health officials to ensure that we are all well prepared for the new school year.
Remote Learning Materials
TAM’s Safe Routes to Schools team has developed comprehensive remote learning lessons for students during this time of home learning and social distancing. Grade-specific content has been developed for Grades 1 through 8. Online lessons run 15-20 minutes on average.
- Grades 1,2: “Stop Look Listen”
- Grade 3: “Pedestrian and Bike Safety”
- Grades 4, 5: “Bike Traffic Safety”
- Grades 6, 7, 8: “Drive That Bike”
Safe Routes to Schools is committed to supporting our school communities by providing pedestrian and bicycle safety lessons. The protocols outlined by Marin County’s Shelter Order for Social Distancing must be followed when walking, rolling and cycling at all times.
Safe Routes to School Contests
Safe Routes to Schools is keeping students excited and engaged with a variety of contests aimed at Primary, Middle, and High School students. Details for these contests are available on the Safe Routes to Schools website.
- Primary School: “Walk and Roll Recess Challenge” – Throughout May, students at participating schools are invited to get their “Ya Ya’s” out. The Walk and Roll Recess Challenge is a month-long contest encouraging students to exercise daily. The purpose of the challenge is to build a sense of school spirit and unity during this time of separation by providing a fun activity to boost physical and mental health for students.
- Middle School: “Bike Week” – Throughout May, Middle School students are invited to gear up to ride for “Bike Week” – an educational contest to encourage students to practice biking while following rules of the road and physical distancing. The five day FUN contest starts with proper bike and helmet fit and includes engaging videos to reinforce safe riding. A short, educational quiz at the end of the 5th day is the student’s entry into the contest.
- High School: “Share Your Climate Story” – In collaboration with Sonoma Eco2Schools and other Bay Area Spare the Air Youth programs, the Share Your Climate Story is a contest being promoted at Marin high schools with engaged participation in SR2S programming. The contest’s goal is to get teens to use story-telling to share their science-based knowledge, experiences and actions to promote solutions for combating climate change.
Primary and Middle School: “Art and Poetry Contest” – In April, Safe Routes to Schools invited students to let their imaginations run wild by entering the Walk and Roll – Art and Poetry Contest. A goal during SIP was to providing meaningful student activities to promote and reinforce active travel. Students were encouraged to draw, paint, or write about what they saw and how they felt when walking, biking, scootering and skating. 77 submissions were received. Visit the SR2S website to see a gallery of the submissions!
Practice Your Neighborhood Bike Route to School!
A goal of TAM’s Safe Routes to School program is to get more kids walking and rolling to school! Many schools have suggested routes for getting from your neighborhood to your school. We have compiled a list, taken from the Safe Routes to School website, of many of the suggested routes. We encourage families to use this time to practice the routes with their kids, as well as teach them how to walk and roll safely.
Click here for the currently available list of suggested routes to schools in neighborhoods and municipalities in Marin County.
Family Bike Rides Around Marin
With reduced traffic on the roads and kids out of school and other activities, now is a great time to ride with your children and teach them proper bike riding safety and etiquette. Below, are some of our favorite family-friendly routes around Marin. As always, please practice safe social distancing etiquette during the “Shelter-in-Place” Order.
This list can be viewed here.