2016/17 Safe Routes to School Program
The Burlingame School District is the recipient of a 2016/17 Safe Routes to School grant from the San Mateo County Office of Education's Safe Routes program. Funding for the Safe Routes programs are provided from the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG).
Burlingame's 2016/17 Safe Routes program will focus on the following projects:
- Hosting the 2016/17 Bike Warrior Challenge - date TBD for Fall 2016 Rodeo (2015 BWC page)
- Promote the Pedal Kitchen project - cooking with our bike blender
- Piloting the middle school PE-bike education program - 10 bikes purchased, looking for funding for 25 more
- Participating in the Walk/Bike to School events - October 5, 2016 and May 10, 2017
- Promote the Recyce-Your-Bike and Adopt-A-Bike programs
- Continue student engagement in the the after-school BIS Bike Club
- Updating the school's pedestrian and traffic safety signs
- Conduct the Fall and Spring Transportation Surveys
- Promote the National Fire-Up-Your-Feet PTA program
- Promote safe walking and biking routes.
For more information on the BSD Safe Routes to School program, contact Rusty Hopewell, District Wellness and Safe Routes to School Coordinator.
School Traffic Relief
We all are impacted by school traffic, whether we are trying to get our children to school, trying to get to work, living in the neighborhood, or just passing through during pick-up and drop-off activities. Here are a number of suggestions to help limit the congestion and get your child to/from school in a safe manner:
- If you live within walking distance of the school, have your child walk or bike to school. The exercise is good for them.
- If you have younger children, then consider walking with them. The exercise will do the whole family good.
- Form or participate in a Walking School Bus. The Safe Routes program can offer training and resources needed to start a Walking School Bus Program at your child's school.
- If your children are older or skilled on their bike, have them bike to school. Burlingame has established bike routes that serve our schools. Be sure to explore a safe route beforehand and to ride it with your child a few times so they know the route and you are comfortable with their riding skills.
- Attend the annual Bike Warrior Challenge. The BSD Safe Routes program offers a bike skills training course through the WheelKids Bicycle Club organization. During this bike skills challenge students will learn the rules of the road and how to be a better defensive biker.
- Park and Walk - park a few blocks from the school and walk the last few with your kids. Good way to stretch the legs.
- Start a School Car Pool. There are a number of resources to help you find and manage your school car pools. You can use the mobile KangaDo parent helper app (iPhone and Android) that helps not only with finding and managing school car pools, but also with finding babysitters, play dates, and more.
- If you have to drive, then be sure to go with the flow and obey all traffic rules. Drive as if your kids live here - because they do. Here are traffic flow maps for each school to help keep the congestion moving in an orderly manner:
- Traffic Flow Maps: Roosevelt - McKinley - Lincoln - Franklin - Washington - BIS - Hoover
- Pedestrian Maps: Hoover Walking Map
Public Transportation - Youth Clipper Passes
Clipper Youth cards allow students to board the public bus (or train, BART, or MUNI) with the swipe of a card. Parents and guardians can download an application for a Clipper Youth Card at www.clippercard.com/discounts and submit it via regular mail or bring it to the SamTrans office (1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos). Below are the BSD schools served by specific bus routes, or you can find the full list of all SMC schools served at www.samtrans.com/schools. For help via phone please call 1-800-660-4287.