Sequoia Middle School Walk & Roll to School Day 2017

From left to right: Lisa Chow from District IV Supervisor Karen Mitchoff’s office, Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael Harris, Sequoia MS Vice Principal Lisa Keck, Street Smarts Diablo Program Coordinator Kirsten Riker; Background: Street Smarts Diablo’s Paula Troy helps fit a student with a free bicycle helmet

Lots of students participated in today’s Walk and Roll to School Day at Sequoia Middle School. Although it rained all night in Pleasant Hill, the skies cleared just in time for the students’ human-powered commute to campus. It’s a good reminder that rain shouldn’t discourage you from walking or rolling to school!

Not only did lots of students arrive by foot, bike and scooter, we also had great event partners helping us with the event. Pleasant Hill Mayor Michael Harris walked to campus, chatted with students and even took the blender bike for a spin. Lisa Chow, from District IV Supervisor Karen Mitchoff’s office, helped pass out prizes and raffle tickets, while CHP Officer Brandon Correia attended in support of safe biking and walking activities.

We were thrilled to present Sequoia Middle School Vice Principal Lisa Keck a matching $250 donation for being a winner in last spring’s Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s ‘Fire Up Your Feet Challenge’. Way to go, Giants!

Street Smarts Diablo offers bicycle and pedestrian safety and encouragement programs at no cost to public schools in Central and East Contra Costa County. If you want us to lead an assembly at your school or help you put on a Walk & Roll to School Day, contact our Program Coordinator.

Pittsburg HS: More of Railroad Ave Now Open for Walking to Campus

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Good news for Pittsburg High School students! Safer pedestrian access is now available on the East side of Railroad Avenue. Sidewalks have re-opened on the corner of California and Railroad at the “Kiss and Ride” area.

Additionally, the sidewalk on the east side of the overpass (at the entrance to the BART Park & Ride) is open. Students will be able to access the crosswalks and signal buttons.

Walking School Bus – How to Start Your Own

It’s back-to-school time! If you live within walking distance of your child’s school, you might consider forming a walking school bus.

A walking school bus can be as simple as two families taking turns walking their children to school. You can definitely go bigger, by including more parents and children, but it’s easiest to start with a small group of interested families.

For details on how to start your own walking school bus, read Street Smarts Diablo’s ‘how to’ guide.

Image: Active & Safe Routes to School

Deer Valley High School Students Make CHP Driver Safety Video

Students from Deer Valley High School’s Television Class produced a three-minute video on driver safety and awareness. Streets Smarts Diablo Region and the CHP partnered with Deer Valley High in Antioch to unveil the video. The Contra Costa Times covered the unveiling and wrote an article about it.