Feb 22

Belle Haven School walk audit survey open until March 12

Posted on February 22, 2021 at 7:28 pm by Clay Curtin

As part of its countywide Safe Routes to School program, the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) is conducting an online walk audit of Belle Haven School. A walk audit assesses streets in a particular study area, to see how safe and comfortable conditions are for walking and bicycling. The SMCOE is inviting the public to submit feedback in order to better understand the streets in the Belle Haven neighborhood. The online walk audit is available in both English and Spanish, and is open until Friday, March 12, 2021.

Residents are able to submit feedback on topics related to streets in Belle Haven such as sidewalks, street crossings/intersections, comfort, driver behavior and safety. Users will be able to assist the SMCOE by plotting specific issues on a map imbedded in the survey and submitting photos.

The SMCOE encourages and appreciates feedback from the community, as users of the streets around Belle Haven School truly know the neighborhood best. The information gathered from this survey will be shared with the City of Menlo Park Safe Routes to School program, and having feedback and data on-hand may help to support potential future street improvements in Belle Haven.

For more information about the SMCOE’s survey or the City of Menlo Park Safe Routes to School Program, please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator Andre-Anne Cadieux.

Feb 08

Safe Routes to School at home and helpful tips

Posted on February 8, 2021 at 4:56 pm by Clay Curtin

As people are staying home, quarantining and practicing social distancing as an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, you may have found some extra time on your hands. Check out this free pedestrian/bike safety curriculum created by the Springfield/Eugene SRTS program. This is a great resource for parents and teachers to teach kids at home the importance of bike/pedestrian safety. In addition, start biking to school or around your neighborhood using these helpful tips.

Set a goal and plan to bike at least one day per week:
  • Practice the route on the weekend.
  • Get ready the night before (prepare backpacks, helmets, bikes, locks, water-bottles).
  • Set alarm clocks to wake up early.
Seek solutions to overcome challenges:
  • Live too far? Drive, park and ride part way to school.
  • Have younger kids or too much to carry? Consider getting an electric assist bike.
  • Don’t feel safe? Ride with a group to increase visibility. Drive to a quieter route with slower speeds, and fewer cars and intersections, and start from there.

Feb 08

Safe Routes to School virtual events

Posted on February 8, 2021 at 4:55 pm by Clay Curtin

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) has recently launched an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Baby Yoda's Safe Journey: A star wars safe routes to school virtual escape room. As a continuation of the Star Wars saga, you will encounter familiar characters such as Finn and Ray, C-3PO, Chewbacca, BB-8 and even Darth Vader. To help Baby Yoda, participants will learn more about walking, biking and taking COVID-19 safety precautions all while solving curious puzzles and becoming safe routes Jedi Knights.

The virtual escape room can be played in a group or (Han) solo and may take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. It can also be completed multiple times. 

The SMCOE is also hosting online literary adventures this month. Learn about pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety through fun and engaging stories! Story times occur on Wednesdays, please click the following links to register and receive the Zoom link.

Spanish Story Time registration
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

English Story Time registration
Wednesday, February 24, 2021