Four Santa Monica schools participated in a “Care Free Contest” last month, with students at John Adams Middle School tallying the most miles through alternative transportation.
John Adams and Lincoln middle schools and Will Rogers and Roosevelt Elementary schools took part in the city-sponsored contest, a friendly competition geared toward making walking and biking to school a habit.
Students tracked trips made to school without using an automobile, and these “car-free” miles on bikes or on foot counted towards monthly incentives.
Students at John Adams earned the most car-free miles logging 352. Next were Roosevelt students, who recorded 267, with one second-grader walking 32 miles. A Will Rogers first-grade student biked a total of 19 miles – the longest biking distance of any student among all of the participating schools. And an eighth-grader at Lincoln was recognized for having the highest level of participation.
“The goal of this contest is to create a fun environment that encourages families to incorporate bicycling and walking into their daily transportation choice” said David Martin, director of Santa Monica’s planning and community development department.
The goal of the project is to help school-aged children become comfortable bicycling and walking to school.