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Safe Routes to School Micro Grant Application

SR2S Micro-Grant Program Application
Fiscal Year 2019-2020



Applicant Information:






Project Proposal

Address the following questions in your project proposal (no more than 3 paragraphs).

  1. Describe the purpose or reason for the project. How will it positively impact bike and pedestrian safety around schools, and/or increase or encourage bike and pedestrian usage?
  2. Demonstrate stakeholder outreach and partnerships that will insure timely completion of the project or purchase of items/supplies. Projects must be approved by applicable partners before grant application submittal.
  3. What is the expected timeline for project start to completion?

If there are additional files or information to support your proposal you can attach them here.

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Project Budget

List the amount of funding requested. Use the Equipment Reference Sheet, to help determine grant amount requested for purchasing of safety items or incentives.


Project Timeline



Applicant Signature


Additional Micro-Grant details: solanosr2s.ca.gov

Questions? Karin Bloesch, 707-399-3217, kbloesch@sta.ca.gov

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Walking School Bus

A Walking School Bus is a group of children walking to or from school with an adult. Trained volunteers or school staff meet the children at a specific location and time and supervise them along the route. Parents are welcome to drop their child off at a Walking School Bus “stop” along the route or walk with their children and the group to school.

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Walk or Wheel Program

A Walk or Wheel (WOW) Day is an ongoing, school-wide event your school can schedule weekly or monthly to encourage students to walk or wheel (by bike, scooter, or skateboard) to school.  Schools can market the event as “Walk or Wheel (WOW) Day”,  “Walking Wednesday”, or “Fit Friday”. Whatever you call it, it’s all good!

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Bike Rodeo

A Bike Rodeo is a fun, active event for elementary students to learn biking and safety skills in a safe and comfortable environment.  Safe Routes to School staff sets up various agility courses on school grounds for students to practice important skills necessary to ride a bike safely and confidently. Staff also inspects students’ bikes and makes sure their bike helmets fit them properly.

Kindergarten through 6th grade students must be able to ride a bike without assistance to participate. Students should bring their own bike and helmet to the Bike Rodeo, but bikes and helmets will be provided, if needed. Bike Rodeos last 1-2 hours depending on the number of participants. Schools are required to provide 6-10 volunteers to help the event run smoothly.

For more information or to schedule a Bike Rodeo at your school, contact the Safe Routes to School program at (707) 399-3222 or solanosr2sinfo@sta.ca.gov.

 

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Bike Mobile

The Bay Area Bike Mobile provides students with free hands-on bike repair at your school. The Bike Mobile staff shows students how to perform easy maintenance on their bikes, while fixing flat tires, adjusting bike seats and replacing worn brakes. The Bike Mobile staff is on site for 3 hours and fixes bikes on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the Bike Mobile or to schedule an event at your school, contact the Safe Routes to School program at (707) 399-3222 or solanosr2sinfo@sta.ca.gov.

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2019 Solano Bike Month Events

Join your community and #BikeSolano

See all of the Solano Bike Month Events here.

May 2nd   Bike Month Kick-Off

Fairfield Farmer’s Market  3-7pm
Join Safe Routes to School and Solano Mobility staff as we launch Bike Month Events at the Fairfield Farmer’s Market. Try the Blender Bike and make a smoothie with just your pedal power.

May 4   Suisun City Community Bike Ride

Suisun Train Depot – 10am
Join Suisun City VIPs and ride the Central County Bikeway and the McCoy Creek Bike Path to Hall Park. This easy ride is a perfect way to have your family #BikeSolano. Meet at the Suisun City Train Depot with your bike helmets and be ready to ride. View the ride details here.

May 4 Vallejo Community Ride

Vallejo Waterfront Ride – 9am
Meet at the intersection of Georgia and Marin with your bike and helmet and ride this 5 mile community ride along the Vallejo Waterfront and Bay Trail. View the ride details here.

May 8    Bike to School Day

Register before April 17th  to ensure delivery of your Bike to School day packet and incentive items.

May 9    Bike to Work Day

Find more information about Bike to Work Day and energizer stations in Solano County here. 

May 11     Benicia Bike Rides with Congressman Mike Thompson

Meet at 1st and B Streets – 8:30am
Choose from the 3 mile Community Ride, the Bridge to Bridge route, or the Lake Herman Loop. View the ride details here.

May 15   Vacaville Community Bike Ride

Meet at Ray’s Cycle (Merchant and Main Streets) – 6pm
This 2 mile out and back ride will take you to Jungle Yogurt for a cool treat. View the ride details here.

May 16   Bike Month Information – Cancelled due to Weather

Fairfield Farmer’s Market  3-7pm
Use your pedal power to make a healthy smoothie, and learn about green  commute alternatives to get to work or school.

May 18   Dixon Community Bike RideCancelled due to Weather

Meet at Tremont Elementary – 10am
Ride this 3 mile loop route on Solano County’s only green bike lane. View ride details here.

June 8    Fairfield Community Ride

Meet at Cordelia Tri-Valley Little League Park – 10am
This 3 mile loop will wind through the Cordelia neighborhood on the bike path. View the ride details here.

 

 

 

 

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Safe Routes to School Poster Contest

This year the SR2S Program received 198 entries from 18 schools in Solano County. Thank you to the schools and teachers that encouraged their students to participate in our 5th Annual Safe Routes to School Poster Contest.

Students in grades K-12 were asked to design a poster using one of the following safety messages:

  • Always wear a helmet when riding your bike or scooter.
  • Cross the street at the crosswalk.
  • Always make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.
  • Look before your cross: left, right, left again.
  • Don’t talk or text on your phone when crossing the street (put those headphones away too).

The winners have been chosen and their artwork will be featured in a Safe Routes to School 2020 calendar! The First Place winner in each category will also receive a gift certificate to a local bike shop.

See the 2019 winning artwork here


Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

First Place:  Julia Miller, Cordelia Hills Elementary
Second Place:  Travis Santiago, Sierra Vista K-8
Third Place:  Lyla Stubbendorff, Foxboro Elementary
Fourth Place:  Amaya Johnson, Foxboro Elementary

3rd – 5th Grade
First Place:  Robert Miller, Cordelia Hills Elementary
Second Place:  Keira Call, Robert Semple Elementary
Third Place:  Jaimyah Jenkins, Crescent Elementary
Fourth Place:  Emma Eastlund, Foxboro Elementary

6th – 8th Grade
First Place:  Sarosh Addanki, Green Valley Middle School
Second Place:  Grace Miller, Green Valley Middle School
Third Place:  Corey Liew, Dan O Root Health & Wellness Academy
Fourth Place:  Anika Lum, Grange Middle School

9th – 12th Grade
First Place:  Lauren Miller, Visions in Education

 

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National Bike to School Day

On the second Wednesday in May, students across Solano County strap on their helmets, hop on their bikes and pedal to school on National Bike to School Day, a part of National Bike Month in May. The Solano Safe Routes to School program sponsored the first event in 2013 and participation continues to grow. In 2018, 25 schools from all 7 school districts in all 7 cities in the county participated.

Bike to School Day 2019Wednesday, May 8th.

28 Solano County Schools participated  with 1,650 students riding to school that day.  This year, 3 schools expanded their Bike to School Day to encourage students to ride each day for the entire week. Thank you Foxboro, Fairmont Charter and Callison Elementary for taking this effort to the next step!

Find out what schools participated below.

 

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International Walk to School Day

REGISTER HERE!  Deadline is September 20th.

Every October, students throughout Solano County, the nation and the world are encouraged make the effort to get out of the car and walk to school on International Walk to School Day.

Posters and information will be sent to registered schools.
Additional posters and social media graphics are available below.

Suisun Elementary School students, parents and staff celebrated International Walk to School Day in October 2018!

 

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Bike Helmet Fitting and Education

Safety isn’t the only reason to wear a helmet, it’s also the law in California. Youth under 18 years of age must wear a helmet when riding a bike. The Bike Helmet Fitting and Education program provides bike helmets to students with an economic need and teaches why it’s important to wear a helmet and other bike safety tips.  Groups of 4-6 students are each properly fitted with a new helmet at their school (no more than 30 students per event). 

To schedule a helmet fitting at your school, contact the Safe Routes to School Program at (707) 399-3222 or solanosr2sinfo@sta.ca.gov.

 

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School Safety Presentations

These interactive traffic safety presentations are geared to educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety. Schoolwide presentations are divided into two grade groups, primary and secondary.

Duration: 45-60 minutes

For more information, contact the Safe Routes to School Program at (707) 399-3222 or solanosr2sinfo@sta.ca.gov.

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"Rock the Block" Musical Theater

“Rock the Block: A Walk and Roll Musical” is a 40-minute assembly provided by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre that teaches elementary school children about walking and biking safely to school. The performance features entertaining songs, dancing and dialog and includes an interactive question and answer session with students that reviews the educational messages of the show.

The SR2S program offers this show free of charge to schools in Solano County. For more information or to book a show, call the SR2S program at (707) 399-3222. Event dates are limited and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

 

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High School Youth Engagement

 

In 2017, Solano Safe Routes to School (SR2S) launched the Youth Engagement Pilot Program to support high school aged youth in Solano County.

Since the SR2S Program has traditionally focused on supporting elementary school youth, this Youth Engagement Program was designed to:

  1. increase high school youth leadership and involvement in Safe Routes to School activities countywide and;
  2. engage in youth-led projects that can lead to sustainable solutions in improving active transportation and safety, reducing carbon emissions and/or addressing Safe Routes to School goals such as increasing walking, biking or physical activity.

Participating sites will be asked to engage in a YPAR (Youth-Led Participatory Action Research) or Photovoice Project following an easy-to-follow curriculum provided to them by SR2S. The SR2S team will work with participants to build capacity and skills for young people and their adult counterparts that will potentially increase youth-led activities and promotion of the Safe Routes to School program countywide.

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