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The students arrived at school early to take advantage of the open street and all the fun activities set up for their enjoyment! Our Walk n’ Roll team provided a giant Connect Four game, a “mini town” with traffic lights and crosswalks where children could learn to walk and cycle safely, and a giant poster where students signed their names and promised to try walking and rolling to school throughout the school year. We also gave away fun prizes, including color-changing crayons and bright green wristbands!

Council member Dev Davis came to meet the students and encouraged them to walk, bike and scooter to school. Everyone enjoyed meeting her, as the neighborhood recently became part of her municipal district!

We got some wonderful community organizations involved to make this morning even more fun for the Bachrodt community. Many Thanks to the Creator of the San Jose Public Library[Space]Ship, Valley Water, Roosevelt Community Center, Santa Clara County Public Health CalFresh Healthy Living, Valley Medical Center, and BeautifySJ for sharing helpful information and lots of fun gifts for kids and their families!

Reminder of International Walk to School Day

We are excited to celebrate another year of International Walk to School Day with you! Many schools celebrated on Wednesday, October 5, while others join the party on another morning in October.

International Walk to School Day (IW2SD) is the traditional kickoff for Walk n’ Roll programs around the world, usually held during the first part of October. Walk, cycle or use other motorized means of transport to turn your trip to school into an opportunity to exercise, meet friends and get some fresh air.

There is still time to register if you and your school would like to participate in International Walk to School Day! Our Walk n’ Roll team is ready to support your school with prizes for kids who walk or bike to school, flyers to promote the event and more! If you want to have some fun, please email Ann Jasper at [email protected] with the date you would like your school to host this event. We look forward to celebrating with all of you!

SVBC and Valley Water invite you to get out of the drought!

Santa Clara County is experiencing a severe drought and we all need to do our part. One thing you can do is learn more about the county’s water supply systems and how they work to bring this precious resource to us. Join us for Ride Out the Drought (#ROtD), a free month-long program that combines the joys and benefits of riding a bike with learning about the water system. Sign up for access to the launch event and routes (suitable for different levels of runners), plus a chance to win prizes! ROtD runs from Saturday October 15 to Tuesday November 15.

Get out of the drought with Valley Water and the Silicon Valley Bicycle CoalitionWe will begin with a launch event at the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center on Saturday October 15th. This includes breakfasts, a visit to the purification center, two different guided walks and ice cream afterwards.

The month continues at your pace. Choose a route from the list of rides provided in the Ride with GPS app and follow them when it’s convenient for you. Ride with GPS includes directions and POI information we’ve called to help you learn more about the water system.

Roll to win! Log your ride in Ride with GPS for more chances to win the weekly raffle. Those who cover the most kilometers can win special prizes. Sign up to receive updates on Ride Out the Drought and instructions on using Ride with GPS.

Team Member Highlight

My name is Scarlett Lopez Rodriguez. I am a junior attending Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School.

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My school offers a Work Study Program which gave me the opportunity to intern at major Silicon Valley companies such as Breathe California and California Water Service in their accounting department for the past two years. An internship opportunity for the City of San Jose Department of Transportation’s Walk n’ Roll program has come up, and I’m more than happy to be a part of it. Thanks to the CWSP program, I was able to learn new skills such as professional email, note taking and working with Microsoft Office.

I am passionate about many things, from debate to journalism to environmental activism! This will be my second year on the debate team and now co-captain. Outside of school, I like to take pictures of nature, like sunsets. I’m a big advocate for minority communities such as Latinos who are very underrepresented in writing. Through journalism, I like to tell stories that touch them so that their voices can be heard.

Welcome to the Walk’n’Roll Scarlett team! We are delighted to have you with us.

Safety Tips from Sunny the Safety Squirrel

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Walk – Stay focused, not distracted. Keep your ears clear so you can hear traffic and your eyes up so you can make eye contact!

Bike – Stay visible! Lights help you see and be seen. Wear reflective clothing and make sure your bike has adequate lighting – front and rear lights.

Walk n’ Roll to a high school year you!

After 10 years of walking and rolling, our Walk n’ Roll (WnR) program is thrilled to announce that for the first time we are adding high schools to our roster!

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WnR seeks to partner with students to work with them and their school to promote walking, rolling and safety for all road users. Any public high school in San José can now participate to get active, reduce pollution and promote sustainable transportation. Partnership opportunities include hosting health/wellness events, creating safety messaging campaigns, and supporting Walk n’ Roll events at other schools in the community. Students who volunteer with WnR can also earn community service hours in WnR-related activities. If you are interested in bringing the Walk n’ Roll program to your high school, please contact [email protected]