On Tuesday, March 3rd, we had Mary-Catherine Graziano from Local Motion come talk to the students. Mary-Catherine is the Outreach and Education Manager for Local Motion. She gave an quick overview of Local Motion's mission and vision, and then dove into a few campaigns our students can participate in. These include:
Safe Streets Stenciling: A series of safety messages that volunteers use spray chalk to stencil on sidewalks. Besides being lots of fun, it is an important medium to get the message out about safety behavior. Our students may do some stenciling as the snow melts.
"Rides a Bike"Campaign: Yard sign style signs that can be posted on private property reminding folks that their neighbors, friends, coworkers, and teachers ride bicycles, and to drive with care.
Live PHAT campaign: helmet campaign for young adults to choose to wear a helmet whenever they participate in a high-impact sport (like skiing, skateboarding, and bicycling). Local Motion needs young adults to be ambassadors, to collect surveys, AND to help out with social media. Our students have the opportunity to distribute and collect surveys of people between the ages of 13-25 to analyze their helmet use. If they can collect 10 or more surveys, they will earn a free t-shirt and a Bern helmet. So be on the lookout for surveys coming home with our students in the near future.
I am also working with Mary-Catherine to design an outreach program for next year that will include all of these campaigns as well as a year-long project related to improving non-car mobility in Shelburne.