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4/2/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #CM2013-04-02-2
Subject :

Eight San Leandro Schools Participate in 2013 Golden Sneaker Contest
McKinley Elementary School Awarded “Platinum Sneaker” for Greatest Participation
Contact :Reh-Lin Chen    (510) 577-3438
    rchen@sanleandro.org
Eight San Leandro schools participated in the Alameda County Golden Sneaker Contest during the month of March 2013. 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.  

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 this countywide contest has increased from 12 schools in 2011 to 58 schools in 2013.

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. On a typical day, 48% of McKinley's students walk, bike, or carpool to school, but during this year’s contest, 69% 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, 2013 Commission Meeting. Roosevelt Elementary (last year’s winner) and Dayton Elementary also had a terrific 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. Our City’s implementation of the Safe Routes to School Program, in conjunction with the Alameda County Transportation Commission and Safe Moves, is providing the training that will allow students to walk and bike to school safely and reduce air pollution while changing transportation habits," said San Leandro Vice Mayor Michael Gregory. “The contest results for our local elementary school families let us know that our efforts are making a difference!”

In addition to the county-wide 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. Congratulations to all the winners.  

Attached Photo 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

For more information, call Reh-Lin Chen, Senior Transportation Engineer, at (510) 577-3438.


About San Leandro

A dynamic and diverse community of 86,000 residents located in the center of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro maintains a safe, small town feel, while offering a wide range of shopping, dining, recreation, miles of shoreline, and easy access to regional parks and nature areas. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (www.LitSanLeandro.com), a fiber optic network circles San Leandro's industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity.

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