“Safer Routes to School” Brings Bike Rodeos, Audits to Turlock Schools

Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com|

The City of Turlock continues to make bicycling and walking safer in Turlock through its development of an Active Transportation Plan, and the consultants of this plan will be working hard in Turlock next week to move the plan forward.

Four Bike Skills Rodeos will be held May 12 through the 15 to teach children bike safety.

Monday and Tuesday’s rodeos were held at Julien Elementary and Dennis Earl Elementary, respectively, at 3:15 p.m.

Rodeos will continue Wednesday at Crowell Elementary at 1:15 p.m. and Thursday at Medeiros Elementary at 3:15 p.m.

Each free rodeo will last 90 minutes. All students and community members are welcome.

Children only need to bring their own bicycles and helmets. Children will have their bike looked over before tackling the skills course.

Along with the bike rodeos, consultants will be working on “Safe Routes to School” audits at 11 Turlock schools during the week of May 12.

Consultants from Alta Planning will be performing these audits to observe the challenges students face walking or biking to school during arrival and drop-off times. Each audit will take place 30 minutes before the bell, both in the morning and afternoon, and last an hour after each bell.

“We'd like to meet with someone at each school who can share with us any known problem areas or past issues we can help address, and welcome each of you to participate in the audit as well,” said John Lieswyn, a consultant for Alta Planning.

Turlock community members can also help the Active Transportation Plan by taking a survey to discuss where bicycling and walking improvements in Turlock can be made at BikeWalkTurlock.com.

For more information on the Bike Skills Rodeos, visit, BikeWalkTurlock.com.  

Comments 2

  1. yeah i ride bike says:

    wonderful idea to educate students about safe bike riding techniques unfortunately it does not address the real problem which would be inadequate bicycle lanes loose dogs and the ignorance of the average motorists.As a person who has lived in many states and has been riding a bicycle as a hobby for over forty years I have a few suggestions.first where I grew up they required everyone to register bicycles with the city and a reflective sticker was required to be affixed to any bicycle used on a public road or a ticket for thirty five dollars would be issued which would also require a day in a saftey class and the serial number would be recorded and checked to see if it was stolen which also helps control bike theft.Secondly motorists do not seem to understand that bicycles have the right to use public roads and there should be a public service campaign to inform motorists that the bicycle lane is NOT a turning lane and that riders have the right to ride in the road when cars or trucks are parked and blocking the bicycle lane.bicycle riders who run stop signs or cross roads illegally should be ticketed.period.Hand signals should be used in traffic so motorists dont have to be mind readers.
    As for Turlock here are a few problem spots Golden state and Dels lane a light is needed as this intersection is one of the most dangerous that i have ever seen. Berkeley from alpha to canal especially during school traffic hours there needs to be police presence there on a daily basis,since there is a bike route sign but no room for bicyclists and motorists that are to busy playing on cell phones.Canal at Gere where the bike lane ends for a turn lane which cause confusion apparently for motorists.another problem is motorists who turn right while the bicycle rider is trying to go straight and think they have the right of way unfortunately I guess the city police don’t feel that enforcing bicycle laws and rights are part of their job as I have watched them ignore flagrant violations by motorists who ignore bicycles,just as when September 16 when the three foot law comes in effect I do NOT see any chance of the police enforcing it I consider it merely lip service to quell the concerns of bicyclists.I am not saying every motorists is at fault but the ignorance out weighs the knowledge in most cases in my experience.My suggestion would be to put police on bicycles like other California towns and when they see what it’s like maybe,just maybe then they will want to finally enforce the laws and rules of the road.

  2. yeah i ride bike says:

    wonderful idea to educate students about safe bike riding techniques unfortunately it does not address the real problem which would be inadequate bicycle lanes loose dogs and the ignorance of the average motorists.As a person who has lived in many states and has been riding a bicycle as a hobby for over forty years I have a few suggestions.first where I grew up they required everyone to register bicycles with the city and a reflective sticker was required to be affixed to any bicycle used on a public road or a ticket for thirty five dollars would be issued which would also require a day in a saftey class and the serial number would be recorded and checked to see if it was stolen which also helps control bike theft.Secondly motorists do not seem to understand that bicycles have the right to use public roads and there should be a public service campaign to inform motorists that the bicycle lane is NOT a turning lane and that riders have the right to ride in the road when cars or trucks are parked and blocking the bicycle lane.bicycle riders who run stop signs or cross roads illegally should be ticketed.period.Hand signals should be used in traffic so motorists dont have to be mind readers.
    As for Turlock here are a few problem spots Golden state and Dels lane a light is needed as this intersection is one of the most dangerous that i have ever seen. Berkeley from alpha to canal especially during school traffic hours there needs to be police presence there on a daily basis,since there is a bike route sign but no room for bicyclists and motorists that are to busy playing on cell phones.Canal at Gere where the bike lane ends for a turn lane which cause confusion apparently for motorists.another problem is motorists who turn right while the bicycle rider is trying to go straight and think they have the right of way unfortunately I guess the city police don’t feel that enforcing bicycle laws and rights are part of their job as I have watched them ignore flagrant violations by motorists who ignore bicycles,just as when September 16 when the three foot law comes in effect I do NOT see any chance of the police enforcing it I consider it merely lip service to quell the concerns of bicyclists.I am not saying every motorists is at fault but the ignorance out weighs the knowledge in most cases in my experience.My suggestion would be to put police on bicycles like other California towns and when they see what it’s like maybe,just maybe then they will want to finally enforce the laws and rules of the road.

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