In the summer, KMM’s Safe Routes to School program supports community walk and bike events while preparing for a school year full of walk and bike activities and educational programs like Walk to School Days, in-school assemblies and bike rodeos. In July we helped organize a bike rodeo with a class of second graders in the STREAM summer camp in Metuchen. Enthusiastic teachers, local bike riders, Bike-Walk Metuchen members, and parent volunteers made this event a great success. In August we conducted a bike assessment of Highland Park streets with the NJ SRTS Resource Center and SRTS Coordinators from TMAs across the state. Highland Park Borough officials, staff, and residents also participated. The assessment gave us a better understanding of how to improve cycling conditions so that more students and their families can bike to school, and it is being incorporated into the School Travel Plan completed last spring.
Back to school means back to walking and biking events. In September KMM is at back to school nights to promote the walking school bus as a way for neighbors to get exercise and fresh air on the way to school. We’re also promoting our biggest event of the year—International Walk to School Day! October 5 marks the twentieth anniversary of Walk to School Day in the US. Also in early October, it’s New Brunswick Ciclovia, where KMM works with Safe Kids – Middlesex County to educate families about helmet safety (and to distribute a few helmets to kids who don’t have them). We’ll be at the Monroe Green Fair on October 8, and will return to Silver Level Recognition school Oak Ridge Heights in Woodbridge for a walk and bike safety assembly. These are just a few of our activities scheduled for this year. We hope to see you out there!