'Walk to School' days under way at selected Pleasanton elementary schools

Parents urged to walk children to school, enjoy pre-school refreshments

Pleasanton elementary schools are joining hundreds of schools throughout the country by participating in the International Walk to School Week.

Donlon and Walnut Grove elementary schools walked yesterday, Alisal, Hearst and Lydiksen schools are walking today, Mohr and Valley View schools will walk tomorrow and Fairlands and Vintage Hills elementary schools will walk on Friday.

The promotion is sponsored by the city of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Unified School District and all elementary schools. This annual event, held in Pleasanton for the 10th year, promotes pedestrian safety and parent involvement. It is being promoted as part of Rides to School, Pleasanton's School Traffic Calming Program.

"Walk to School Day will allow parents to spend time with their children and see how beneficial walking to school is for their children and their school," said Lisa Adamos, Economic Development Specialist with the city of Pleasanton. "It teaches the students safe walking habits and helps reduce traffic around the schools."

Morning celebrations where students and parents can enjoy refreshments will be held beginning 30 minutes prior to the first bell at each school. Many parent volunteers from each school will be helping to coordinate the refreshment parties which will welcome the hundreds of walkers each morning.

Rides to School, an interactive partnership to plan and manage school traffic, was created to address concerns regarding children safety, congestion and neighborhood impact around schools. For more information, go to the special website:, which assists parents in forming schoolpools at their school, or contact Lisa Adamos at 931-5039.

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Posted by cosmic-charlie
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 28, 2010 at 11:27 am

What! We need a "special" walk to school week?
I walked to school for 13yrs [K-12]. Rarely had a ride. High school?
3.5mi in Idaho. Snow, wind, rain, sun, cold, hot...still had to walk...
Walk to School Week...give me a break!

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Posted by Maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 28, 2010 at 11:33 am

It's to make everyone feel good about driving/dropping their kids off all the other weeks of school. Good for the environment, I know. Whatever happened to school buses? That would be even better for the environment than just one day of walking. What about figuring out how to bring school buses back?

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Posted by Beatrice
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Concomitantly we should have Parents Drive Responsibly Week; For a novelty, parents driving around the schools during this week should;

1. stay off the phone
2. Not run red lights
3. Don't turn your car to face children head on in a crosswalk. If you are hit from behind you will be pushed into the children. Don't turn your wheels until you can complete the turn.
4. Don't drive toward children in a crosswalk. You're actually supposed to STOP your car, not slowly accelerate towards the children crossing (something 99% of Pleasanton drivers do everyday.)

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Posted by No jaywalking allowed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm

You mean residents will actually be able to access offerings of our community ? Wonder if the pedestrian countdown will be obeyed ?

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Posted by Pedestrian, fed up.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:04 am

Pleasanton isn't a very friendly place for the automobile-less. I am always being cut in front of by right-turning cars when I am entering the pedestrian crosswalk, even with the light signaling that it's MY TURN. Please, people, use your heads. Bigger, heavier, faster car will cause significant damage to smaller, slower person and not even get a dent on the bumper.

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Posted by Little Mikey
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

This is just another liberal feel good program to get us to put down our donuts and cell phones, get out of our God-given SUV's, and become sandal wearing granola eating Obama Marxist Communist Socialist tree-huggers like them.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Ah, Mikey. Typical selfish gas-guzzler. You probably drive to the store five minutes away to pick up a toothbrush (unless, of course, that was satire).

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Posted by Don
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

Good topic!!As a school Crossing guard, I see many things. I can tell you who the bad drivers are and their habits. I am amazed at how many children are driven to and from school. I realize we live in different times now but suggest children walk in a group or with parents if they can. Please teach your kids to not use cell phones or text while crossing the street or riding bicycles. Adults and Children alike must get off their bikes to cross any intersection. We love our kids!

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Posted by William Turner
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:17 am

Hey I have an idea! Instead of congratulating ourselves over hot chocolate for walking to school one day, we could consolidate all of the car trips to Alisal and other Elementary Schools into specialized bus routes, replacing dozens of trips with a couple every day. We could even paint the buses a special color and give them unique safety privileges to keep the kids safe. Oh wait...

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