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'Walk to School' week wraps up today at 2 Pleasanton elementary schools

Original post made on Oct 7, 2013

Students and many of their parents will walk to school today at Alisal and Hearst elementary schools as Pleasanton wraps up its participation in International Walk to School Week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 7, 2013, 7:50 AM

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Posted by Bill Carman
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

The walk to school movement is refreshing and I wish the kids walked or biked every day. The crush of SUV's and soccer mom vans delivering the kiddies is ridiculous.

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Posted by Dead Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

From what I've observed in grocery parking lots, even adults do NOT practice responsible safe walking. They speed walk right into & behind cars carefully trying to back out. Often blocked by big vans on both sides, which means a blind backout. Always look left & right, which really only tells you nobody is behind you THAT SPLIT SECOND. You'd think they 'get it' being drivers themselves. But walkers (many texting) speed walk right into or behind the bumper when slowly (blindly) backing out. You would think anybody with a double digit IQ would know what tap-tapping RED brake lights mean.....a blind driver is trying to back out!! So if parents don't practice safe walking, how could they teach their kids. Best for all if parents and kids learned HOW to responsibly WALK !! A responsible walker's foot can stop midair much faster than a two-ton car can break. Seniors are usually much more logical and COURTEOUS ! ! ! I think many foreigners not use to big cars, have heard pedestrians have 'rights', so charge ahead. They can end up DEAD right. For a pedestrian, a split-second pause could mean their life.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

I've observed lots of folks walking and I have no complaints.

Great if kids walk to school. Exercise is always refreshing!

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Posted by K.L
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Will this be the one week out of the year that parents will not accelerate towards children in crosswalks?
If you can't complete the turn, don't start it. Keep your wheels straight, do not turn your car and slowly accelerate towards children in crosswalks.
What if a child drops something or turns and runs back-you will hit them.
What if you're hit from behind by another car-you will be pushed into the children and possibly kill someone's child.
Your foot should be on the brake when children are crossing.
This is common sense.
Pleasanton drivers have their foot on the gas when children are crossing, slowly accelerating towards kids, then speeding up as soon as the last kid's backpack clears their bumper.
The narcissism is unreal.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm

well...what if a flying saucer crashes in Plutonia, skids into your car and you fly off to Tanzania with the remains of the saucer?

Think about it K.L. You seem to enjoy scaring others and secretly hoping the worst possible outcome.

It always way fun to read what an ALARMIST has to say!

i rest my case...

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

"Vintage Hills Elementary school will walk tomorrow; Lydiksen, Mohr, Valley View and Walnut Grove schools on Wednesday; Donlon and Fairlands schools on Thursday, and Alisal and Hearst schools will walk on Friday."

Looks like Walk-To-School-Day to me. Such events are a great way to raise awareness, but worthless if they don't lead to an increase in the number of kids walking to school and a reduction in accidents or near accidents. Let's hope the schools do some follow-up on this.

"Many parent volunteers will be helping to coordinate the refreshment parties which will welcome the hundreds of walkers each morning."

Is this positive reinforcement with empty calories, or are the refreshments healthy foods? Actually, it seems odd that healthy kids would need to refuel after walking to school. Maybe this is the result of a food culture that follows up every experience or event with food, but I think cool little badges or stickers, or maybe something practical like pencils or erasers would be a great alternative to food rewards.


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Posted by Hank
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Does anyone remember when walking to school was the norm - just kids, no parents, no cars? My walk to school from kindergarten to eighth grade was six-tenths of a mile, depending on the route of the day and who you walked with. High school was two miles, usually taking a public bus to school and then walking home. Somewhere in the past years a very (overly?) protective (and smothering?)environment developed, and one can only wonder what children gain and lose from these tight constraints.

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Oct 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

When I was a kid, we had school buses.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I walked to elementary and junior high school.
The threshold for rides was the apocalypse.


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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

It is saddening that this should have to be a big event. But this is the culture we have evolved into. The long lines of idling vehicles near the schools are seriously wasteful. They sit there and burn gas and pollute the air and clog the streets. Bicycling near them is hazardous.

We can wax nostalgic about how back in "our day" walking to school was taken for granted. I walked to school in my east coast city from about second grade on through junior high school in San Francisco. After that, I took a Muni bus to school through high school. But we've become worried about our children on the streets, fearful of various terrifying crimes. This isn't entirely without a basis in reality. People say Pleasanton is "a good place to raise your kids", but if we can't rely on our neighbors to be gracious to our children, then how good is it?

It's sad. I wish we could depend on the safety of our kids going to and from school on their own all the time, instead of on these special days only...

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm

It's tons of fun walking to school and letting imagination have tons of fun!

Check it Out: Web Link

Enjoy...tee hee...

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