From left to right: San Leandro City Councilmember, Pauline Cutter; TransForm Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Jessica Cruz; McKinley Elementary’s Golden Sneaker Parent Champion, Darlene Lee; Principal of McKinley Elementary, Cher Situm; San Leandro Vice Mayor, Michael Gregory.
Eight San Leandro schools participated in the Alameda County Golden Sneaker Contest during the month of March for healthy and greener transportation to and from school.
The contest challenged students and teachers to walk, bike, carpool, or take transit to schools. Families who could not walk or bike to school still joined in the contest by taking the bus, carpooling, or parking several blocks away from school and walking the rest of the way.
After tallying the results of the 2013 Golden Sneaker Contest, McKinley Elementary School in San Leandro showed the greatest increase in the number of students using active and shared transportation, earning it the Platinum Sneaker Award.
The Golden Sneaker Contest is sponsored by the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program and funded by the Alameda County Transportation Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
Participation in the countywide contest has increased from 12 schools in 2011 to 58 schools in 2013.
On a typical day, 48 percent of McKinley’s students walk, bike, or carpool to school, but during this year’s contest, 69 percent of its students made a total of 4,277 trips using healthier transportation options.
McKinley Elementary was honored for its success by the Alameda County Transportation Commission at its March 28 Commission Meeting. Roosevelt Elementary (last year’s winner) and Dayton Elementary also had a good showing, coming in a close second- and third-place, respectively.
“San Leandro continues to build its support and recognition for families and students who shift to healthier active transportation,” said San Leandro Vice Mayor Michael Gregory.
In addition to the countywide competition, classes in each school competed with each other to achieve the greatest increase in the use of green transportation modes.
The class with the greatest participation in each school also received a Golden Sneaker trophy.
For more information, call Reh-Lin Chen, Senior Transportation Engineer, at (510) 577-3438.