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Archive for the ‘Safe Routes to School’ Category

Unsafe Routes to School

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Biking in LA reports on the unsafe condition of LA’s streets near schools:

I knew L.A. wasn’t the safest place to bike or ride.

But it never really sank in until I saw the maps.

Safe Routes to Schools has joined with the LACBC to call attention to just how far this city has to go before children to walk or bike to many schools, especially in lower income areas. New collision maps based on TIMS data (the Transportation Injury Mapping System) clearly shows how many injuries and fatalities occur near schools.

Take a look at the map for the Antelope Valley.

“Now with the TIMS data, the State of California has provided an amazing tool that allows us to see the neighborhoods, intersections and streets of greatest need and make strategic investments. We need the City to provide staff, and create a plan to implement safety improvements quickly, so we can see our transportation priorities shift. For too long, there has been a focus on moving cars to the detriment of our health and communities, the City of Los Angeles needs to put safety and people first,” says Jessica Meaney, California Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

What Jessica Meaney said above concerning the City of Los Angeles can equally be applied to the Antelope Valley. I hope that local cities and the County of Los Angeles along with our local school districts will use this data as a tool to improve the safety of our children.

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Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Clif Bar has always been a company that cares about the environment. Since 40% of all urban travel in the United States occurs within 2 miles of people’s homes and 90% of that travel is usually done by car, Clif has created the 2 Mile Challenge as an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. It’s a competition to get as many car trips as possible replaced by bike trips instead.

Clif Bar is determined to inspire 100,000 avoided car trips and will be awarding $100,000 in grants to three nonprofit organizations: Alliance for Biking and Walking, Safe Routes to School, and 350.org.

You can participate by going to Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge. Register, choose your team, and start replacing your car trips with bike trips. You’ll earn points, have fun riding and competing, and do something good for the earth in the process.

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