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Walk and Bike to School Week

It’s time to get up and moving for Santa Clara County kids, as they join thousands of others across the country and internationally to walk or bike to school
October 2, 2012

Santa Clara County, CA.  It’s a great week for Santa Clara County students to walk or ride their bicycles to school, in celebration of “International Walk and Bike to School Week 2012.” Elementary and middle school students from across the country are joining together for the weeklong celebration.
The goal is to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling for all Santa Clara County communities, and to emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. In addition, the events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.
More than 30 elementary and middle school across Santa Clara County will be participating in events throughout this week, along with parents, teachers and community leaders.
One special event will take place at Braly Elementary School in Sunnyvale on Wednesday, October 3rd. Students and school officials will be joined by Sunnyvale Mayor Anthony “Tony” Spitarili, who will be joined by some members of the Oakland Raiderettes, and a special surprise—an  appearance by the  San Jose Sharks’ mascot, Sharkie.
Event Details:

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 8:40 am - 9:15 am

Where: Braly Elementary School, 675 Gail Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
“Encouraging kids to get out and walk or bike to school goes a long way in increasing physical activity and reducing overweight and obesity among children,” said Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib. “In addition, events like these teach children how to be safe when they’re riding bikes and walking. This will ultimately help create safer environments where everyone in our community will feel good about being outside, walking and bicycling.”  
In commemoration of International Walk and Bike to School Week and support Safe Routes to School programs across the county,  the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Obesity Initiative launched a new TV ad campaign “Safe Routes to School for All of Us” to bring attention to the issue and encourage parents, schools, community leaders and city officials to increase opportunities for kids to be physically active in safe environments before,
during and after school.  To view the TV ad, visit:, under “Residents” section, and click “Traffic  Safety.”
Walk & Roll Safe Routes to School Program in Santa Clara County consists of a broad network of public health agencies, community based organizations, pedestrian and bicycle advocates, school officials, teachers, parents and more – all working together to promote traffic safety, improve health and education achievement, and encourage healthier environments where children can be physically active while combating childhood obesity.
For additional information on local schools participating in International Walk and Bike to School Week 2012, please contact the following coordinators:
Devin Gianchandani, SRTS Coordinator - City of San Jose  (408) 975-3254
Marshall Johnson, SRTS Coordinator - City of Santa Clara             (408) 615-3023
Alice Kawaguchi, SRTS Coordinator - City of Sunnyvale  (408) 793-2733
For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk to School Day in the USA
National Center for Safe Routes to School
International Walk to School Day
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