30,000 students from 70 Alameda County schools took part in the two-week long contest by walking, bicycling, carpooling or taking transit to school, competing for the coveted Golden and Platinum Sneaker awards.
This year marked the third annual Pollution Solution Golden Sneaker Contest, part of the Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) program, sponsored by Alameda CTC and funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Alameda CTC.
The two-week contest (March 3-14 this year) promotes healthy kids and a healthy environment, building awareness of transportation alternatives to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, as well as teamwork and school spirit. To win the coveted “Golden Sneaker” trophy, classrooms at each participating school compete to get the highest number of kids to walk, bike, carpool or take transit to school.
The school with the greatest increase of students using green modes of transportation during the contest will receive the “Platinum Sneaker” award and will be honored by the Alameda CTC at its March 27 Commission meeting.