Palo Alto, CA - Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss and Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto will kick off ‘Palo Alto Walks and Rolls’ Week on Friday, September 28, 2007, at 6:45 p.m., prior to the Moonlight Run/Walk at the Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center. Walks and Rolls Week, October 1-6, is a campaign spearheaded by Kniss and Kishimoto with the goal of achieving a critical mass of people using alternative modes and to demonstrate how making different transportation choices can change how our local environment feels.
"The idea of ‘Palo Alto Walks and Rolls’ is to create a community event that is not only fun, but an event that promotes physical fitness and raises awareness of safe alternative modes of transportation," said Kniss. "Palo Alto offers a nationally recognized pedestrian and bicycle oriented environment with tremendous resources, including transit options. Many people who live and work here already take advantage of these resources. The goal of ‘Walks and Rolls’ is to get everyone to discover and use them."
Kishimoto added, "The City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Unified School District and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs have formed a Safe Routes to School partnership focused on improving safety for students on their school commutes and encouraging more families to use alternatives to driving to school more often. Expanding this effort to businesses and the larger community is a natural next step."
Activities for Walks and Rolls week include:
• Palo Alto Walks and Rolls to School - Get healthy and reduce traffic congestion by walking and rolling to school this week. Students will be rewarded for choosing a range of alternatives to solo driving to school: walking, biking, skating, riding the bus, and carpooling. At PAUSD elementary schools the fun will include raffles for prizes donated by Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Google, and a Walk & Roll Wall of Fame created by students.
• Walk and Roll to Lunch on California Avenue and Win Prizes - Walk, bike or take public transportation to get to lunch on California Avenue October 1-5. Enter the California Avenue Area Development Association (CAADA) drawing at participating restaurants to win a free lunch and other prizes. Look for Walk and Roll posters in the windows of participating restaurants.
• Meet and Greet at Walter Hays Elementary – Meet and greet Vice Mayor Larry Klein and other Palo Alto Walks and Rolls dignitaries at Walter Hays Elementary School, Wednesday, October 3, at 8 a.m., while walking and rolling to school.
• Bike Boulevard Community Walk and Roll - Join the foot-powered parade along Bryant Street on Saturday October 6. Walk, bike, skate or help pedal the Buscycle along the Ellen Fletcher Bicycle Boulevard. Gather at Palo Alto’s City Hall Plaza at 10 a.m.
• Neighborhood Walkability Workshops - See your neighborhood streets from a fresh perspective. Participate in a workshop to identify how to make neighborhood streets safer and friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians. Watch for the kick-off workshop at the Palo Alto Family YMCA on Ross Road and other Neighborhood Walkability Workshops. Dates coming soon.
If you have questions or want to volunteer, please contact Kathy Durham at the City of Palo Alto (650) 329-2568, Paul Garcia at the County of Santa Clara (650) 965-8737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org