There was a big crowd Friday morning (March 29th) for the ribbon cutting at Gardner Bullis School for the new Safe Route to Schools pathway on Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills. The Mayor and many other officials were present and clearly very pleased with how well the project turned out. It has vastly improved the path at the dangerous S-curve on Fremont Road and added nearly a mile’s worth of attractive and practical walkway. The pathway is intended for pedestrians, bicyclists and even horses!
The goal of the project is to make it safe for kids to walk and bike to school. “Why is this important,” asked Mayor Gary Waldeck? The kids answered – “It’s healthy, it reduces congestion and it reduces pollution.” Smart kids.
Kids energetically cutting the ribbon
The kids got into the act with the ribbon cutting as well. There were so many scissors it really became more of a ribbon shredding ceremony. The Town of Los Altos Hills provided coffee, donuts and really bright yellow pant leg straps for the bicyclists, and the Gardner Bullis WoW! team provided organic juice and crackers for the kids.
The project was funded by the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and the Town of Los Altos Hills and represented two years of effort starting with former mayor Rich Larsen identifying funding and the development of a collaborative with VTA, the City Council, the Pathway’s Committee, County officials and many members of the public.
Well done to all!
The ribbon cutting sign
GreenTown’s Margie Suozzo pouring lemonade with Mike McTighe standing in the background