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First Ever Sunnyvale Family Bike Ride

Gets Kids Moving with Good Old-Fashioned Family Fun

On Saturday, May 21, 2011, a large gathering of children and parents will participate in Sunnyvale’s first ever Family Fun Bike Ride to kick off the “WALK & ROLL” Safe Routes to School program in Sunnyvale and throughout Santa Clara County schools, a program funded by Valley Transportation Authority’s VERBS (Vehicle Emissions Reductions Based at Schools) grant. This fun and easy 3-mile ride route will begin and end at Las Palmas Park, 850 Russet Drive in Sunnyvale.

The Family Fun Bike Ride is more than just a ride – it’s a fun, social outdoor experience for the entire family. Before the ride, participants will be able to have their helmets checked by members of the Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, consult with a Sport Basement bicycle mechanic and receive safe riding guidelines from League of American Bicyclists certified instructor Megan Olson.

After the ride, families will gather at Las Palmas Park to enjoy snacks, music and relax with friends in the park. Ellen Corman, Supervisor of Community Outreach and Injury Prevention for the Stanford Trauma Service, and chair of the Traffic Safe Communities Network’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Workgroup says, “We are delighted with the response rate about the ride and are pleased to see that families view bicycling as an easy, alternative, and fun way to get to school.”

Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Health Officer for Santa Clara County says, “Through the Traffic Safe Communities Network, the Public Health Department actively supports Safe Routes to School programs because they align with many of our key community initiatives; to promote physical activity, prevent obesity, reduce traffic-related injuries, promote healthier and safer environments, including reducing vehicle emissions."

Supervisor Liz Kniss praised the collaborative nature of the project, saying, “This collaboration between the County, the City of Sunnyvale, local school districts, and the community provides the Safe Routes to School Program, a way to promote walking and bicycling among children and families. Exercise not only makes children physically healthy, it also makes them better prepared to learn each day in school.”

Event: Family Fun Bike Ride
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:00 am program; 10:30 am bike ride
Location: Las Palmas Park, 850 Russet Drive in Sunnyvale.
Spokespersons: Board of Supervisor Liz Kniss, Sunnyvale City Councilmember Moylan, School District representatives.

The Family Fun Bike Ride is organized by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Traffic Safe Communities Network, the City of Sunnyvale, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the Stanford Hospital Trauma Department, with additional support from the Moffett Park Business and Transportation Association and Communities Putting Prevention to Work INSPIRE Obesity Prevention Initiative.

For additional information about this event or learn more about WALK & ROLL Safe Routes to School in Santa Clara County, visit www.sccphd.org or e-mail Alice.Kawaguchi at alice.kawaguchi@phd.sccgov.org or call (408) 793-2733.

Media Contact: Marta Lugo, SCC Public Health 408.792.5107
Posted: May 21, 2011