The goal of Street Smarts is to support safe and easy active transportation, and to reduce the number of crashes and injuries. Our efforts target the leading traffic problems: speeding, distracted driving, and not following traffic safety rules like stop sign compliance and proper helmet use.
In order to make our streets safer, Street Smarts also encourages you to ride a bike or walk whenever you can, and leave your car at home. Fewer cars = safer streets! Plus, the less we use our cars, the less we pollute the air; and clean air means a healthier planet. So strap on your helmet, get out your walking shoes, and let’s hit the streets…the smart way!
Congratulations on a Great Walk and Ride to School Day 2016!
International Walk and Ride to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Today, thousands of schools across America participate every October.
On October 5th, Street Smarts and a group of amazing Street Smart Champions, hosted activities at elementary and junior high schools to celebrate the day with festivities. The UC Davis Athletics Department and UC Davis Band-Uh! joined the fun greeting students as they arrived at school. Campuses also celebrated Crossing Guard Appreciation Day by creating banners and holding assemblies to honor and thank the guards at their school.
Above: Left, Mayor Robb Davis with Mascot at Montgomery Elementary. Right, UC Davis Gymnastics Member greets a student as the arrive at Patwin Elementary.
Members of the Holmes Junior High School Band rock out with the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh to Green Day’s “Basket Case” ... as part of International Walk and Bike to School Day, which celebrates safe routes to schools while promoting healthier habits, cleaner environments and safety. The event was part of an ongoing focus on safe routes to school in Davis. Text and photo courtesy of Sue Cockrell / Davis Enterprise Strike up the bands!
International Walk to School Day is an annual event that promotes:
· Teaching safe transportation skills to children
· Increasing community traffic safety
· Increasing physical activity
· Reducing traffic congestion and pollution near schools
· Awareness of how walkable a community is
Back to School Basics: Let’s look out for each other!
As DJUSD and UCD students return to school, THERE WILL BE MORE BIKERS AND MORE DRIVERS ON THE ROADS. It is important for drivers, bikers and pedestrians to be aware of one another, slow down and pay attention – especially before and after school.
Here are some back-to-school safety tips:
- Leave a bit early and expect delays. Traffic in and around schools will be chaotic especially at arrival and dismissal times. Allow extra time to get to your destination
- Consider parking a block away and walking your children to school to help cut down on congestion around schools and the potential for accidents.
- Be alert for school zones.
- Take extra care to look out for children in school zones (young children can be harder to see and unpredictable).
- Have children enter and exit vehicles on the passenger side of the car, next to the sidewalk.
- Reminding your children to look in all directions (left, right, front and back) before crossing the street.
- Remind your children that bicyclists under the age of 18 must wear a buckled helmet.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Let’s look out for each other and help everyone arrive to school safely!
Plan Your Trip To School!
Back to school means more children walking and biking on our roads. It’s exciting and fun, but there’s one thing that all families should add to their lists as they prepare for back to school – the trip to school.
Now is the perfect time to practice getting to and from school safely. Find your school and plan your trip using our Safe Routes to School Maps.
Safe Routes to Sports! Opening Day. Every Day.
Let the bus carry your gear for you! Sports are a great way for kids to have fun, get exercise, and be part of a team. Team up on your transportation choices getting to the field as well -- ride a bike, carpool, or take the bus to keep our air clean and our streets safe.
Check out the Safe Routes to Sports page to learn how you can use Unitrans to get to Opening Day, Practice, and Games!
Celebrate the benefits of walking to school by creating a Walking School Bus!
Walking school buses are groups of children who walk designated routes to school under adult supervision, picking up kids along the way just like a bus. Get more resources and learn how to create your own Walking School Bus.
May Is Bike Month!
Get your tires pumped up, oil your chain, adjust your helmet, and hop on your bike (hopefully you’ve been doing this all year). Our annual celebration of people who ride bikes, and the awesome bikes we ride. Each year, the City of Davis and other partners join forces to thank people for riding their bikes and encourage newbies to try bike riding. Join the celebration, win some prizes, and ride your bike all month long...Every month is bike month in Davis!
May 1st Loopalooza Check out this fun video!
May 4th Bike to School Day Contest winners: Holmes Middle & Fairfield Elementary Schools
May 25th Kidical Mass 4 pm at North Davis Elementary School
There is lots more happening all month long! Check the City of Davis Bike Month page for more events.
Click here for a summary of real-time scanning miles at local schools!
Poster Contest 2015!
Aspiring artists showed off their Street Smarts in the City of Davis Street Smarts Poster Contest – Pollution Solutions. Elementary school students were asked to create original artwork illustrating the importance of proper helmet use, safe bicycle riding, crossing the street safely, and safe driving—including awareness about distracted driving and the dangers of talking or texting while on the road. Continuing with the success of previous art shows, ALL entries in the contest are on display in an exhibit at the Davis Arts Center through December 19th. For more information, including lists of finalists and winners, check out our Contests page.
Giving Traffic Safety the Green Light
Launch of the Street Smarts program was an unprecedented public-private traffic safety effort. Partners include: Davis Chamber of Commerce, Davis Downtown Business Association, Davis Farmers Market, Davis Joint Unified School District, Davis Police Department, The Davis Enterprise, Unitrans, UC Davis and Yolo Transportation Management Association.
Just as driving under the influence and recycling campaigns have led to shifts in public behavior, we are optimistic that Street Smarts will positively impact the actions of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. After all, Street Smarts is about respecting the community where we live and work.
Living with safe streets makes Davis a nicer place to live, work, and play. We welcome local businesses, corporations, non-profit organizations and individuals to become involved as Street Smarts partners and sponsors. Please visit our Support and Sponsorship page for these opportunities.