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SR2S Micro-Grant Program

Based on feedback from Solano County cities and schools, the Solano SR2S Program launched the SR2S Micro-Grant Pilot Program in fiscal year 2019-2020 to fund small-scale bike and pedestrian projects and programs that encourage walking and biking and improve safety around schools.

The Pilot Program funded 14 projects in 2020, including radar feedback signs, bike and scooter racks, safety signage and equipment, high visibility crosswalk improvements, bike corral fencing and scooter storage, and walking and biking incentives. (See projects below).

Building on the program’s success, SR2S has secured $130,000 in funding for Cycle 2 of the Micro-Grant Program. On September 8, 2021 the STA Board approved funding for 16 projects.

The SR2S Micro Grant Cycle 2 Awardees are:

Bike Vallejo: Bike safety signage and incentives
City of Benicia: Crossing improvements at E 2nd Street and Riverhill/Augustine Dr.
City of Vacaville: Radar feedback signs
City of Vallejo: Crossing improvements at Dan Mini Elementary
Cooper Elementary (Vacaville): Walk and bike program incentives
Dan Mini Elementary (Vallejo): Walk and bike safety improvements
David Weir Prep Academy (Fairfield): Walk and bike safety equipment and incentives
DH White Elementary (Rio Vista): Walk and bike incentives

Dixon Montessori Charter School (Dixon): Bike safety equipment and scooter racks
Fairmont Charter School (Vacaville): Safety equipment and incentives
Knight Middle School (Dixon): Skateboard and scooter racks
Loma Vista Envrionmental Science Acad. (Vallejo): Road striping and signage improvements
Mare Island Health and Fitness Acad. (Vallejo): Bike racks, walk and bike incentives
St. Basil’s School PAC (Vallejo): Sidewalk improvements
Suisun City Youth Commission (Suisun City): Walk to School Day event and incentives
UPNATM (Fairfield-Suisun): Bike safety equipment and incentives

Completed Cycle 1 Micro Grant Projects by City

Joe Henderson Elementary

Joe Henderson Elementary School PTO applied for funding to improve the crossing at Hastings and Sweetbrier. Funding was awarded for the purchase of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB), these warning lights aid in alerting drivers to the presence of pedestrians in the crosswalk. This project was completed in February 2021, concurrently with additional improvements as part of a larger Safe Routes to School Project. The additional improvements included widening the sidewalk north of the driveway, ADA curb ramps and accessibility.

Dixon Montessori Charter School

Dixon Montessori was awarded safety equipment and incentive items for a new drop-off and pick-up plan and their weekly Walk or Wheel (WOW) Wednesday program.

Riverview Middle School

Riverview Middle School received funding to construct a fenced bike corral to keep students’ bikes and scooters safe during the school day. (click on photo to view larger).

Students’ comments on the project:
Blake – I always ride my bike. It’s a lot faster and cheaper and works better for my family. My parents are really busy. It’s an easier way for me to get to school on my own. It makes me feel safer putting my bike in there. I left my bike accidentally at school overnight last year and it was stolen. So I’m glad it will be locked up now. I may ride my skateboard now too.

Levi – I usually take the bus, but with coronavirus, it will be easier to take my long board or bike. I’m always worried about it being taken from school. The gated area will be locked. That’s nice.

Pictures show fenicing and storage locker around student bike racks

Browns Valley Elementary

Browns Valley Elementary PTO was awarded funding to purchase 4 scooter racks for students that ride to school. These racks were purchased in the Spring of 2021 and were installed a week prior to students returning to in person classes. Two racks were installed by the lower grade classrooms and two were installed by the upper grade classes. This placement allows students to ride to school and park their scooters close to their classrooms.

Ellie Steed, in the 2nd grade says, “Last year, if I rode my scooter I had to lay it on the ground by the bike racks. I like the little scooter racks because now all the second graders can park by our class and it’s easier to ride your scooter to school.”

Kairos Public Schools

Kairos Public Schools (Vacaville) received safety equipment for their existing drop-off an pick-up program including high visibility signage for crosswalks around the school. The school will be using incentives received for a new walking program and pedometers for use in PE classes.

Radar Feedback Signs

The City of Vacaville completed the installation of 5 Radar Feedback Signs at Browns Valley, Callison, and Cambridge Elementary schools in early August 2020.  (click on photo to view larger)

Vaca Pena Middle School

Vaca Pena Middle School in Vacaville completed the installation of locking scooter/skateboard racks and bicycle tire pump,  encouraging more students to ride to school.
“With our ever changing world and families with challenging work schedules, now more than ever I believe that our students will be utilizing bikes, scooters and skateboards to attend school once we begin our in-person learning in the upcoming weeks. “ – Principal C. Moe

Sierra Vista K-8 School

Sierra Vista received walk and bike incentive items to support their Healthy Sierra Vista initiative when students return to campus
“Creating a healthy environment for all the students at our school is exactly what we, as a PTC, are aiming to do.” – Sierra Vista K-8 PTC President

Dan Mini Elementary and Everest Academy received safety equipment for high traffic Drop-off and Pick-up times.

Dan Mini Elementary also received walking program incentives and bike safety equipment to help students get to school safely by skipping the car ride, these items included bike helmets, bike locks, and small bike repair kits.


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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 Programs

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!

These schools participate with weekly or monthly WOW programs.

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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 can 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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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

Bike to School Day 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Solano SR2S Program stays ready to support our schools when they return to their campus.

Check out our Safe Routes “at home” resources page for videos, ideas and activities to support biking in your neighborhood or on Solano County trails. Remember to maintain 6 foot physical distancing when exercising and on any trails.

Each May, students across Solano County strap on their helmets, hop on their bikes and pedal to school on National Bike to School Day, as part of National Bike Month. The Solano Safe Routes to School program sponsored the first event in 2013 and participation continues to grow. In 2019, 28 schools from all 7 school districts in all 7 cities in the county participated.

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International Walk to School Day 2021

Each 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.

Due to COVID-19 and distance learning last school year, Walk to School Day 2020 was cancelled. Now that students have returned to campuses Solano SR2S is looking forward to bringing back this yearly celebration, while adhering to COVID safety protocols.

In years past, Walk to School Day has been a great success and positive experience for our school communities. We are hoping to achieve those same results this year while adhering to safety guidelines and precautions. To help make it as safe as possible we can provide suggestions to help you organize your event, incentives for participants, and assist you with any questions you may have.

Congratulations to the 21 schools participated this year.

Missed out celebrating this year? You can still hold a Walk or Wheel (WoW) Week. Contact us to help get started.

Here are some great ideas for your WoW Week!

We look forward to bringing back our regular celebrations for International Walk to School Day in 2022.

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Safe Routes to School "at Home" Activities

Below is a list of resources and activities to keep our kids active and healthy.

Safe Biking Resources

Guide for bicycle helmet fittingNHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Safe Biking Packet: Proper Helmet Fit, Rules of the Road and Wheeled Sports Safety – SafeKids Worldwide
Bicycle Safety Activity Kit (Ages 4-7) – NHTSA
Bicycle Safety Activity Kit (Ages 8-11) – NHTSA
Bike Safety Tips (English)NHTSA
Bike Safety Tips (English) – Solano Safe Routes to School Program
Bike Safety Tips (Spanish) – Solano Safe Routes to School Program

Top 10 Bike Rides in Solano CountyRemember to maintain physical distancing (6 feet) when travelling in the community and on trails. Check before you go – due to Covid 19 precautions, some Solano County Parks may be closed.

Bicycling Videos:

Sesame Street Helps Students Learn to Ride

ABC, Quick Check (before you ride)*
Biking Hand Signals*
Power Pedal Position*
Learn How to Fix a Flat Tire*
*Videos developed by Oregon Safe Routes to School

Ride Smart VideosLeague of American Cyclists

Bicycle Safer Journey (English)Federal Highway Administration
Three animated videos for ages 5-9, 10-14, 15-18 accompanied by a quiz for students to take after watching the video. 

Viaje más seguro en bicicleta para niños de 5 a 9 años
Viaje más seguro en bicicleta para niños de 10 a 14 años
Viaje más seguro en bicicleta para niños de 15 a 18 años
Primero, los estudiantes pueden ver el video para ver cómo tres niños se preparan para andar en bicicleta, cómo elegir cuándo y dónde andar y la importancia de ir acompañado de un adulto o un hermano o hermana mayor.

 

Safe Walking Resources

Top 10 Walks and Hikes in Solano County Remember to maintain physical distancing (6 feet) when walking in the community and on Solano County trails. Check before you go – due to Covid 19 precautions some Solano County Parks may be closed.

10 Great Bike Bike Rides and Walks in Benicia – Remember to observe physical distancing (6 feet) while out in the community.

Geochaching -Try this real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

Overview of Pedestrian Safety Tips by Age National Safe Routes to School

Prevent Pedestrian Crashes (Pre-teens and Teens) – NHTSA

Safe Walking Videos:

4 Ways, AlwaysWalk ‘n Rollers
Includes 10 safety tips to walk safely to school, or in your neighborhood

Walk this WayPennsylvania DOT/SR2S

Pedestrian Safer Journey (English) – Federal Highway Administration
Three animated videos for ages 5-9, 10-14, 15-18 accompanied by a quiz for students to take after watching the video.

Viaje seguro para peatones de 5 a 9 años
Viaje seguro para peatones de 10 a 14 años
Viaje seguro para peatones de 15 a 18 años
Primero, los estudiantes pueden ver el video para observar como tres niños aprenden a elegir los lugares más seguros para caminar y cruzar las calles y la importancia de observar los autos y el resto del tráfico.

Lesson Plans and Activities: Incorporating Safe Routes to School Pedestrian and Bike Safety at Home and in the Classroom

Fitness Breaks with Pro AthletesAlliance for a Healthier Generation

CA Pedestrian and Bike Safety Curriculum (Grades 4-5)
CA SR2S Technical Resource Center
Includes lessons on the importance of physical activity(PE Focused), Health Benefits (Science Focused), Environmental Impact of Walking and Bicycling, Rules of the Road, Pedestrian Safety.

Bike Safety Activity Book (Ages 4-7) – NHTSA
Bike Safety Activity Book (Ages 8-11) – NHTSA

Pedestrian Safety Grades 4-5 (NHTSA)

Pedestrian Safer Journey Three animated videos for ages 5-9, 10-14, and 15-18 accompanied by a quiz by age for students to take after watching the video (English and Spanish)

Bicycle Safer Journey Three animated videos for ages 5-9, 10-14, and 15-18 accompanied by a quiz by age for students to take after watching the video (English and Spanish)

 

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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.

Download the Helmet Fitting and Bike Safety Packet.

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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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"Light the Way: A Bicycle Safety Musical" Theater Production

“Light the Way: A Bicycle Safety Musical” is a 35-minute assembly provided by the Bike City Theatre Company that teaches elementary school children about biking safety. Set in 1895, the show features the adventures of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world. While traveling to London, Spain, Saigon and Japan, Annie makes friends with historic figures that help guide her safely on her journey.

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.

More information and program application is available below or contact us at:
707-399-3222 or solanosr2sinfo@sta.ca.gov

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