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Mt. Diablo Unified School District ready for National Walk & Bike to School Day

 

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 9, 2018

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / Mobile: (760) 705-6919 

               

Mt. Diablo Unified School District ready for National Walk & Bike to School day

CONCORD - With the new school year now well under way, students throughout Mt. Diablo Unified are getting ready for the National Walk & Bike to School Day, tomorrow, October 10.  The national effort is coordinated by Vision Zero for Youth, encouraging communities to focus safety improvements and slow traffic speeds where children and youth walk and bike, with the ultimate goal of benefiting all community members. 

 

MDUSD is also pleased to partner with Street Smarts Diablo to deliver bicycle and pedestrian safety programs at no cost to our schools.  Some of the MDUSD schools having activities or events associated with Walk and Bike to School Day or a Walk and Roll Day include:

 

School

Activity

El Monte Elementary

1400 Dina Dr.

Concord, CA 94518

(925) 685-3113, ext. 84700

Principal: Erin DeMartini

Students at all grade levels are expected to participate along with parents and community members.

Fair Oaks Elementary

2400 Lisa Lane

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 685-4494, ext. 84801

Principal: Jon Pierce

Students at all grade levels are expected to participate along with parents and community members.

Highlands Elementary

1326 Pennsylvania Blvd.

Concord, CA 94521

(925) 672-5252

Principal: Ryan Sheehy

 

Pine Hollow Middle School

5522 Pine Hollow Rd.

Concord, CA 94521

(925) 672-5444, ext. 5500

Principal:  Ben Campopiano

Highlands will be teaming up with Pine Hollow Middle School for a combined team for Walk and Roll to School Day on October 17.  Students at all grade levels are expected to participate along with parents and community members. Students will be able to make and enjoy free slushies, receive prizes, and enter a drawing for walk and roll goodies. Helmets will be provided to any student in advance who plans to come to school on wheels.

Holbrook Language Academy

3333 Ronald Way

Concord, CA 94519

(925) 685-6446, ext. 85600

Principal: Marga Marshall

Students at all grade levels are expected to participate.  A partner with Street Smarts Diablo (SSD), Holbrook classrooms are competing to be awarded one of SSD’s inaugural “Golden Sneaker” trophies going to classrooms with the highest percentage of walkers on Walk to School Day.

Sequoia Elementary

277 Boyd Rd.

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 935-5721 ext. 85301

Principal: Patricia Kawahara

Students at all grade levels are expected to participate along with parents and community members.

Strandwood Elementary

416 Gladys Dr.

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 685-3212, ext. 86601

Principal: Cheri Scripter

Students at all grade levels are expected to participate along with parents and community members.

Valhalla Elementary

530 Kiki Dr.

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 687-1700

Principal: Marji Calbeck

Students at all grade levels are expected to participate along with parents and community members.

Valle Verde Elementary

3275 Peachwillow Lane

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

(925) 939-5700

Principal: Mignon Perkins

Students at all grade levels are expected to participate along with parents and community members in their “Walk and Roll to School” day.  Tables will be set up in front of the school with some goodies and swag for participating students.  Classes are also trying to win one of the “Golden Sneaker” trophies from Street Smarts Diablo.

Walnut Acres Elementary

180 Cerezo Dr.

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

(925) 939-1333

Principal: Colleen Dowd

 

Students at all grade levels are expected to participate along with parents and community members. The school will have goodies for all participants. Also a partner with Street Smarts Diablo, the class with the highest level of participation will receive a “Golden Sneaker” trophy.  Street Smarts will be returning to Walnut Creek in a month to provide a walking/biking safety assembly.

Westwood Elementary

1748 West St.

Concord, CA 94521

(925) 685-4202

Principal: Nancy Klinkner

Students at all grade levels are expected to participate along with parents and community members.

 

Here are some tips and resources for walking and biking to school safely:

 

Walking to School

While going on foot to school can offer some real health benefits, safety should be the top priority for anyone walking to school.  Follow these steps to plan a safe route to school.

 

Find the safest route to school by looking for:

  • Places to walk or bicycle that are separated from traffic
    • Choose sidewalks or paths wherever possible, even if that means the trip will take a little longer.
    • If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk as far from motor vehicles as possible, on the side of the street facing traffic.
  • Places to cross (if necessary).
    • Minimize the number of street crossings.
    • Avoid busy, high-speed or multi-lane roads, wherever possible.
    • When available, cross at a location with an adult school crossing guard.
  • Pedestrian- and bike-friendly drivers
    • Look for places where drivers are paying attention, yielding to pedestrians and cyclists and respecting speed limits.
  • A comfortable feeling
    • Use a route that avoids potential problems like loose dogs, the presence of criminal activity, vacant buildings or poorly lit streets.


To avoid injury:
•    Never let children under age 10 cross the street alone.
•    Teach children to recognize and obey traffic signals and pavement markings.
•    Choose the safest route between home and school and practice walking it with children until they can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.

 

Bicycle/Wheel Safety
Bicycle riding is a healthy and fun activity; good for people and good for the environment.  However, unsafe practices while riding a bicycle are still associated with a significant number of childhood injuries. According to a safety study from Safe Kids, while bicycling injuries have been declining, other wheeled sports, such as scootering and skateboarding, have seen an increase.    

 

To make sure children are safe when riding bicycles, scooters, or skateboards to school, parents and children should:

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet for every ride – they are the best way to prevent head injuries and death in the event of a crash.
  • Ride in safe locations like sidewalks, bike paths or bike lanes whenever possible.
  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Ride with your children until you are comfortable with them riding on their own.
  • Check all equipment at the start or end of every season.

 

There are numerous organizations in the East Bay which promote safe and fun bicycle riding.  Bike East Bay has a Concord campaign with dozens of free classes for adults, teens, and kids to learn to ride, attend family cycling workshops or gain urban riding skills.  Learn more at https://bikeeastbay.org/campaigns/concord.

 

RELATED RESOURCES

Pedestrian Safety

  • National Center for Safe  Routes to School

Tips for Parents and Other Adults for Teaching Pedestrian Safety to Children
Sugerencias para Padres y Otros Adultos Sobre Enseñar Seguridad Peatonal a los Niños
Helping Children Learn Pedestrian Safety Skills: Overview for parents and caregivers
Ayudando a los Niños a Aprender Habilidades de Seguridad Peatonal: Visión general para padres y encargados de niños
Tips for Walking Safely to School for Children
Sugerencias para Caminar con Seguridad Hasta la Escuela por los Niños

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Pedestrian Safety Resources

  • Federal Highway Administration

Pedestrian Safer Journey

Caminar Con Cuidado

  • Street Smarts Diablo  

Walk Smart, Bike Smart brochure (English and Spanish)

The “Walking School Bus”

 

Bicycle Safety Resources

  • AAA Exchange

Bicycle Safety

  • The Federal Highway Administration

Bicycle Safer Journey

  • National Center for Safe Routes to School

Helping Your Child Be a Safe Bicyclist 
En Español – Ayudando a su hijo a ser un ciclista seguro
En Español – Andar en tu bicicleta con seguridad

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet
ABC Quick Check  (Offers a child-oriented quick check to perform before every bike ride)
Ideas to Promote Bicycle Safety
Bike Safety Resources
Be a Role Model!

  • Street Smarts Diablo

“Let’sRide!” Coloring Sheet (Elementary School)

Walk Smart, Bike Smart fact sheet

California Helmet Law – For Bicyclists 18 and Under

 

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About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have the only International Baccalaureate (IB) program in Contra Costa County, and one of only three middle college programs regionally, our College Now program.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:10/9/18
Audience: Homepage