In an effort to serve our communities, Alameda CTC provides funding for a variety of programs that are designed to expand access for Alameda County residents. The following three programs focus on the County’s youngest residents.
Golden Sneaker Contest
During late February and early March, 100 schools participated in the annual Golden Sneaker Contest. During the two-week contest, entire school communities—students, families, teachers, staff and administrators—were encouraged to get active and walk, roll, bike, carpool or take transit to school as much as possible. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools were not able to report back on final participation in the Golden Sneaker contest, which occurred right before the Shelter in Place Orders were issued. We thank all those schools and students who participated!
Each year, Alameda CTC celebrates Bike Month. Traditionally celebrated during May is Bike to School Day, a wonderful opportunity for students to use shared and active transportation to get to school. Bike to School Day is one of many events around the Bay Area during National Bike Month and coincides with Bike to Work Day, also held in May.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, many of the events during Bike Month have been either postponed or rescheduled. There are, however, a number of bike activities happening now and through the month of May. For more information on those events, go to https://bikeeastbay.org/education and http://alamedacountysr2s.org/covid-19/. This year, Bike to School and Work Day will be held in late September.
Student Transit Pass Program
In 2019, because of effective implementation and evaluation of the three-year Student Transit Pass Pilot Program (STPP), the Alameda CTC Commission approved continuation and expansion of the program. Sixty-two schools in total within 11 school districts currently participate in the Phase 1 expansion of the STPP during the 2019-2020 school year.
In an effort to be well-prepared when students return for the 2020-2021 school year, Alameda CTC continues to work diligently with schools and transit operators, embracing expansion into 15 school districts in the County for the upcoming school year, even in the midst of the current public health pandemic via remote coordination with school districts throughout the county. This will bring the total number of schools in the STPP to 90, up from 62 schools last year.