MCBC Education & Encouragement Education Highlights
Safe Routes to Schools, a program funded by the Transportation Authority of Marin and managed by MCBC, is on track to break a new record: over 10,000 students will have taken its pedestrian and bicycle safety classes by June of 2022. This goal seems attainable because its instructors have taught 170 classes to 5,239 children since in-person teaching restarted, just four months ago.
The majority of the Safe Routes curriculum focuses on grades 2-6, providing in-class instruction as well as walking field trips and blacktop bike rodeos through schools’ PE departments. We also offer Share the Road classes for high school students. These lessons are essential to teach students how to safely navigate streets, make smart decisions, and treat all Marin residents with respect. We’ve even been able to provide “make-up classes” for students who Safe Routes didn’t get to instruct last year during the height of the pandemic. If you think your student may have missed out on in-person pedestrian and bike safety teaching last year, contact our Safe Routes Scheduling Coordinator, Peggy Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MCBC also really ramped up its “receive a bike” program, Cory’s Ride, in 2021. Working with high school students over the course of 12 months, the goal of this program is to provide the joy and benefits of cycling to youth who might not otherwise have the opportunity. 16 students have already finished the classroom component (6 classes) and when they complete their on-bike training, they will get to keep their bicycles, helmets, and gear. We’re aiming to recruit 30-40 new students in 2022! If you would like to learn more about Cory’s Ride and help support this wonderful educational program, please click here.
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