On Friday, December 16, TCAG Staff presented over 200 students, at Cutler Elementary, with a Bike Safety Demonstration and Helmet giveaway. Over 20 helmets, along with other give aways, were passed out to the students!
This year we had the highest amount of submissions ever, at 350. 6 winners were selected, scored by our Active Transportation Advisory Committee and TCAG employees. The drawings delivered messages of responsible transportation choices, including walking, skateboarding, biking, and much more. The goal of the contest is to create an air quality awareness to help make Tulare County air more breathable for a brighter future. The program was made possible from a Caltrans grant called “Bike and Stride,” which has allowed outreach to thousands of kids across the county, delivering a message that biking is cool, and reminding kids that safety is number one. Bikes were made possible via donations from Eisen-Letunic, Quad-Knopf, Nelson-Nygaard, Southwest Strategies, Southern Sierra Cyclists, with local discounts provided by Visalia Cyclery and Cyclery Express.
Congratulations to our winners! Brisa Romero, Kortney Hamilton, Seneca Sowers, Kailani Minugh, Lucy Hiatt, and Alice Warner.
Runner ups have been selected to be featured at the ImagineU Museum in downtown Visalia, and possibly other venues. More information will be posted on our homepage if other venues become available.
The Bike & Stride program continues to reach out to schools across Tulare County. TCAG visited Pixley Elementary School Harvest Festival, Co-sponsored the Exeter Youth Bike Rodeo and made stops at City of Tulare Expanded Learning Programs. Bike & Stride’s goal is to promote bike and pedestrian safety for kids in a fun and interactive way, and to promote use of safety equipment and informing kids of the rules of riding, and the rules of the road. Bike and Stride also promotes air quality improvement through the Walk & Roll Air Quality Art Contest, and informs kids at the outreach events of how their behavior can positively impact the world.