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In This Issue
We're on Twitter!
Meet new team members
Massachusetts Car-Free Day
International Walk to School Day
Feeling creative? Safe Routes Fall Video Contest
SRTS Spotlight
First Infrastructure Project Completed
Tweet, tweet!
MassRIDES is now on Twitter! Follow us at for short, timely updates about the Safe Routes to School Program and all of our services.
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Meet our team!
We have two new additions to the MassRIDES Safe Routes to School team!
Catherine King has transitioned from our worksite team to assisting Safe Routes to School partners in the southeast.
Anna Isaacson joined the team in July and is an avid bicyclist. She will be assisting Safe Routes Partners in central and western Massachusetts.
Learn more about Anna and Catherine
Car-Free Day!
September 22, 2010


Massachusetts joins over 1,000 cities in 40 countries around the globe to celebrate World Car-Free Day on September 22, 2010.
World Car-Free Day began in Europe and has quickly spread to communities globally as a way to promote the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of using public transportation, carpooling, bicycling, walking, and teleworking.
Find out how you can participate at
MA Safe Routes to School Update

As of September, 2010, the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program works with 307 elementary and middle schools representing over 140,000 students in 111 municipalities statewide. The program educates students, parents, and community members on the values of walking and bicycling to school. The program also offers schools technical assistance for designing, implementing, marketing and evaluating initiatives tailored to the school's needs and priorities.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program is administered by MassRIDES on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. To learn more about participating, visit

Register for 2010 International Walk to School Day
Massachusetts Safe Routes to School partner schools all across the Commonwealth will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. During October, International Walk to School Month, students from over 40 countries will join together to walk and bicycle to school.

Celebrating International Walk to School Day can be as easy as announcing the event in the morning announcements or can include walking school buses, crosswalk handouts, color themes, and other encouragement activities.

Register your event to receive free incentives.

Once registered, you will have access to an online ordering site so you can reserve incentive prizes for participating students, including stickers, bookmarks, pencils, and zipper pulls*. Please note, new items are coming in daily, so the site may indicate a low quantity of items available. No worry, just place your order and we will ship your items out as soon as they are available, and before International Walk to School Day.
Participating schools can also register at to access a variety of downloadable materials for International Walk to School, including certificates, templates for printing stickers, and a frequent walker punch card. Registrants can also subscribe to the weekly Walk to School e-newsletter with tips and resources for holding a Walk to School event.
For more information about how your school can participate, visit or email
*Maximum order quanties apply:
Bookmarks and stickers: 400 per order
Zipper pulls and pencils: 250 per order
Lights, Camera, Action!
Safe Routes to School partners - it's time to strut your stuff!
Send us a video about how your school, classroom, or community practices Safe Routes to School. The winner will be featured on our homepage at, and in our next Safe Routes to School newsletter.
Videos should be 3 - 5 minutes and illustrate the ways your school or community makes biking and walking to school fun, safe, and a part of your daily routine.
To enter:
Entries must be received by Friday, October 29, 2010.
One entry per person, please. Participants agree that MassRIDES
can use the work submitted in future marketing promotions and on
Winners will be announced on November 15, 2010.
SRTS Spotlight:
Walk and Bike to School Day, May 5, 2010

Thomson Elementary School, North Andover:
Walk and Bike Day 2010
Governor Deval Patrick proclaimed May 5, 2010 Massachusetts Walk and Bicycle to School Day.
The Safe Routes to School team visited Thomson Elementary School in North Andover to present the Governor's proclamation, where dozens of students bicycled and walked to school in celebration of the event.
Maquan School, Hanson
Over 200 students and 50 parents celebrated in Hanson at the Maquan School, with a walking school bus from Camp Kiwanee. "The weather could not have been more perfect," said Maquan School Principal Donna Murphy. "Hopefully, this will encourage families to walk more often. We are looking forward to this being an annual event."
Glover School, Milton
Glover School WalksChildren at Glover School in Milton celebrated Walk and Bike to School Day by walking, biking, carpooling and riding the bus. Some even showed up on scooters and skateboards. Over 60 percent of students participated.
The Milton School District has made a commitment to having pedestrian and bicycle safety training as part of the elementary PE curriculum. The elementary Physical Education instructors have recieved training in pedestrian and bicycle safety for children through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program and have begun conducting pedestrian and bicycle safety training for 2nd and 4th graders.
Job Lane School, Bedford
The Job Lane School reached their Walk and Bike to School Day goal with 100 students bicycling to school! (Check out Principal Ackerman's blog post and video about the event). Plus over 90 walkers participated. "We had a great turnout for the walk to school day today," said Coordinator Kim Ryan. "We also had our 2nd grade Pedestrian Training and everything went wonderfully."
Congrats Job Lane!
Jackson Street School Infrastructure Improvements Complete
Students, parents, and city and school officials gathered to celebrate the completion of access and safety improvements around the Jackson Street School in Northampton with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 13. MassDOT Highway Administrator Luisa Paiewonsky gave the keynote address, and Congressman Richard Neal, State Representative Peter Kocot, and Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins addressed attendees.
Jackson St Ribbon Cutting - Administrator Paiewonsky
The project, which was funded through Massachusetts Works and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, represents the first school access and safety improvement in Massachusetts that has been completed based on the recommendations of the Safe Routes to School program.

Several measures to slow vehicle traffic, manage street crossings, and improve sidewalk conditions were implemented. Specific enhancements include constructing raised crosswalks leading to the school, narrowing the school driveway to reduce turning radius at the curb, reconstructing sidewalks between a heavily used bikeway and the school, and constructing a ramp from the bikeway to the reconstructed sidewalk.
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