Graham students take 'anything but a car' to school

Graham Middle School saw a sharp increase in the number of students who walked or biked to school on Nov. 1, "Anything but a Car Day."

The special day, organized by the traffic safety organization Safe Moves, was held last Friday, with the intent of showing parents and students alike that driving to school isn't all it's cracked up to be.

According to a Safe Moves press release, 20 percent of all morning traffic is caused by parents driving their children to school.

It used to be different. Safe Moves founder, Pat Hines, said that children used to walk or bike to school in much higher numbers. "Thirty years ago, over 75 percent of students walked or biked to school," according to the press release. Contrast that with 2013, when only 20 percent of students get to school on their bicycles or on foot.

Walking and biking to school is not only a great form of exercise, according to Hines, it also cuts down on harmful vehicle emissions.


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Were you there or are you just repeating the wording off the press release. There was little change in the numbers as Safe Moves did little to implement change in behavior. They just rewarded the kids who live close to school. Announcing a day and rewarding everyone who shows up to school on foot or bicycle does little to take kids out of cars.

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Posted by You kiddng me
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

It's still a lot more safer to drive then to walk or bike. Even if the parents do not know how to drive safely around the schools.

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

When I was a kid I was never driven to school. I'm curious, what has changed? It would be hilarious if everyone drives their kids to protect them from everyone else driving their kids to school :-)

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Posted by GDM
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

40 years ago most kids rode the school bus to school. That's probably the 20 percent of morning traffic now. Wouldn't it be less expensive to fund school buses again than all the things we do to try to reduce traffic?

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Posted by OMV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

I'm all for creating safe walking and biking routes to schools (and throughout Mountain View, for that matter) but I'm quite skeptical of the figures Safe Moves used in their press release.

"20 percent of all morning traffic is caused by parents driving their children to school." 20% on what roads? On the local roads leading to our schools? On all roads in the area? On the freeways too? I could see the figure being 20% on local roads, near schools, for the 1 to 2 hours around school start times... but I seriously doubt that 20% of the traffic on, say Central Expressway, or 101, or even El Camino in the whole morning is school drop-off-related. Probably more like 2%.

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Posted by EducatedMV
a resident of Castro City
on Nov 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

There are more kids & people now. Things have changed. Some days traffic is crazy. Just drive slow & leave early. NO BIG DEAL. Some ride bikes or walk. Most drive. It's nice to see 'anything but a car' day! Other schools in the area also have 'take your bike to school day'...not just Graham. Nice to see & should be fun for kids :)

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