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Release date: April 23, 2013

*** Press Release ***

Today, Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the City, issued the following statement regarding Bike to School Week.

“Bike to School Week illustrates the significant growth and interest in bicycle mode share the City is experiencing overall,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “The SFMTA is committed to making biking and walking to school a preferred commute option for families and students through innovative engineering, safety, education and encouragement initiatives. We encourage San Francisco’s communities, schools and families to consider bicycling as a fun, everyday commute option and to continue participating in bicycle education and safety efforts.”

Over the past year, the Agency has spearheaded numerous programs to enhance safety around the City’s schools, from reducing speed limits around all school zones to 15 mph, to improving its Crossing Guard Program with special enforcement measures and boosting its force to nearly 150 crossing guards. Bike to School Week is organized by San Francisco Safe Routes to School, a program that offers programs, education and encouragement to get more kids walking and biking to school. Safe Routes has programs in 15 San Francisco public elementary schools, with program partners including the SFMTA, SF Department of the Environment, San Francisco Unified School District, Presidio YMCA Bike Program, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Walk San Francisco.

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