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More students biking to school

A PTA-sponsored program to get more Mountain View High students to bike to school is seeing more participants than ever this year, organizers say.

The "Carbon Free Commute Challenge" was started three years ago by Mountain View parents to promote green habits and alleviate traffic congestion near school.

Scott Chan, co-chair of the program, reported that organizers have counted more than 200 bikes on some days so far this year, about twice as many as when they started the program in 2007. The program encourages biking or walking to school by offering small prizes, such as energy bars, on random days to those who participate.

A count from last Thursday indicated that freshmen have the highest rate of participation -- amounting to 44 percent of bikers -- while seniors are the least participatory, making up only 10 percent of the bike traffic.

— Kelsey Mesher

Comments

Posted by Cynthia, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 31, 2009 at 2:32 pm

My son rides to MV High on the wonderful new extension of the Stevens Creek Trail -- and get to school faster than I can drive him there! I love the trail and am thrilled that the MVHS is encouraging the students to ride -- plus I'm proud of my son for taking the initiative to do so.


Posted by Jon Wiener, a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Great news. Now if the parents could get the school to stop subsidizing driving by giving away parking spaces for essentially nothing, they might make some real progress.


Posted by Honor Spitz, a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 31, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Hip-hip-hooray!! Now, if we can get some more middle and elementary school kids on bikes too!! But in the meantime, I applaud all those who do ride their bikes or walk to school; at the same time, will all of those parents in those GIGANTIC SUV's and mini-vans, please, please, please watch out for the rest of us!! Going by your kid's school in the morning or afternoon at drop off or pick-up time is insanely dangerous because it seems as though you have eyes only for your kid...oh yeah, and put down the stupid phone, will you?!!


Posted by Eddy, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 1, 2009 at 8:52 am

This is fantastic news, esp. with the obesity rate of kids rising so fast. We can all do our part by understanding that bikes have become so prevalent that they are now a MAJOR component of all non-freeway traffic, so if you're in a car please realize
there's more than just other cars to be aware of on the roads...and put down the d*mn phone mom!


Posted by The Professor, a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Jon, I'm shocked that you would suggest a rationing method based on price. You sound like a non-econmist trying to evaluate everything in terms of money. I think the real reason for the change in attitude was my award winning video that highlighted the level of congestion at MVHS. BTW, purchased a new bike and ready to race you out to Sports Page via SCT.


Posted by Henry, a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Great job Scott for putting this program together! It's great to see the positive results.


Posted by Laura, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Scott is to be congratulated on his commitment to the CFCC. He has worked tirelessly for the past year to promote the 'bike-to-school' mind set, and I'm glad to see his work is paying off.

To those families whose circumstances prohibit a bike ride to school -- how about this: drop your kids off 3-4 blocks away from school. They get a bit of exercise, the traffic congestion around the school goes WAYY down, as does the risk of injury to the pedestrian traffic.


Posted by Richard, a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Most kids like to bike to school if given the opportunity. They like the freedom and independence it gives them, and the logistical issues are minor challenges to them. The problem is convincing over-protective parents to let them do it. I hope the school can provide enough secure bike parking that the increase in biking will not lead to an increase in theft. There is no larger disincentive to riding your bike home from school than to find your bike gone!


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