Walk and Bike to School

Graham encourages all students to consider walking or biking to and from school. Research has shown that active commuting delivers health and academic benefits, and this step toward independence helps students build self-confidence. The furthest distance from school is an approximate 20-minute bike ride for a student. 

Please review and follow the rules provided by the Traffic & Safety Team from the Mountain View Police Department.


Bike Routes to Graham

Castro Street has a single lane for car travel in each direction. To the right of the car lane is a protected bike lane separated from cars by a curb.

From the South
(Miramonte Ave to Castro St):
Thanks to the bike lane, entering Graham from the south requires only checking for pedestrians on the sidewalk and turning right into the parking lot. Be careful when turning right from Miramonte to Castro - the striping requires cars to move over quickly.

From the North
(El Camino Real to Castro St):
From the opposite side of Castro Street, walk your bike across the crosswalk at the corner of Harpster Drive, down the sidewalk and into Graham. Do not ride your bike against traffic on the sidewalk or road.

There is also the back entrance to Graham off Lane Ave that leads directly to the bike cage.

Bike Parking
Park your bike inside the bike cage, near the solar panels, and secure it with a lock. Do not park your bike outside the cage or at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion.

Click here for Safe Routes to School bicycle and walking map


"Drop-a-Block" and Other Safe Routes to Graham

If you must drive your student to school, use one of the alternative locations to drop your student. We refer to this program as "Drop-a-Block." The locations are an easy 5-minute walk to campus and a great meeting point for students to be picked up after school. Park so that students may exit the vehicle on the curbside. Do not double park or block driveways.

Traveling Eastbound on El Camino Real
For those traveling on El Camino Real from the Castro School neighborhood, drive past Castro Street and make the first right turn onto Lane Avenue (just past Chase Bank); turn right onto Victory Way and pull alongside the Chase parking area. Students can walk from Victory Way to Lane Avenue and then enter campus via Lane Avenue.

Traveling Westbound on El Camino Real
For those traveling on El Camino Real from the Landels School neighborhood, turn right onto Hope Street (just before Castro St) and drop your student next to California Bank and Trust. Students walk along El Camino to Castro Street and cross at the light. Students continue up Castro, making a left at Victory Lane and a right on Lane Avenue.

Traveling North on Grant Road
For those travelingon Grant Road from the Huff School neighborhood, turn left onto Cuesta Drive toward Miramonte Avenue. Make a right onto Begen Avenue (just past the light at Montalto Dr) and proceed up to Barbara Lane. Drop your student near Barbara Lane. Students walk along Begen Avenue, turning left on Hans Avenue, right at Miramonte Avenue and then right again at Castro Street.

Bikes

Safety Tips and Rules

Download Sharing the Road, a brochure on bike riding prepared by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more tips: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles

Use hand signals

Use hand signals

Safe Left Turns

There are two proper methods for making a left turn on a bicycle:

Using Traffic Lanes

As you approach the intersection, look over your left shoulder for traffic. If it is clear, signal your turn and move over to the left side of the lane or into the left of center turn lane. Position yourself so that vehicles going straight cannot pass you on your left while you are making your left-hand turn. Yield to oncoming traffic before turning. If you are riding in a bicycle lane or on a multi-lane road, you need to look and signal each time you change lanes. Never make a left turn from the right side of the road, even if you're in a bicycle lane.

Using Crosswalks

Stay on the right as you approach the intersection. Stop and either cross as a pedestrian in the crosswalk or make a 90-degree left turn and proceed as if you were coming from the right. If there is a signal light, wait for the green light or the WALK signal before crossing. Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Do No Harm: Bike and Skateboard Safety

We have been noticing many students coming to school on bikes and skateboards without helmets. It is illegal to ride without proper fitting helmets. We need your help keeping your children safe coming to and from school. Your child will be cited by law enforcement if he or she does not have a helmet.

Please refer to following section of the Vehicle Code:

SECTION 1.Section 21212 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read: (a) A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard, nor shall they wear in-line or roller skates, nor ride upon a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, or any other public bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of either the American Society or Testing and Materials (ASTM).

Planning Ahead

Consider carefully whether your student is ready and plan to walk or ride the route together beforehand to get comfortable with the route. Make sure students know how to stay safe.

Try and establish a routine, and take a dry run before the start of school.

Prepare ahead of time and leave a buffer so that your student is not rushed. Chances are there will be other students arriving at the same time, and numbers improve the safety for all.

Bike racks, lockers and pathways onto campus are provided to support our active commuters.

Suggestions for improvements are also welcomed.


Dos and Don'ts of the Road

  1. Bicyclists should ride far enough away from parked vehicles to avoid being hit by an opening door.

  2. A bicycle lane is a designated traffic lane for bicyclists, marked by a solid white line and typically breaking into a dotted line at the corner. If there is no shoulder or bicycle lane, ride closer to the center of the lane. This will prevent motorists from passing you when there is not enough room.

  3. Bicyclists must obey stop signs and signal lights. It's a good idea to stop for yellow lights, too. Rushing through a yellow light may not leave you enough time to make it across the intersection before the light changes.

  4. Bicyclists should not bike against traffic on the road.

How to avoid citations when traveling to/from school (car, bicycle or by foot)

Here are some great reminders on what drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can do to not only stay safe, but also avoid potential citations.

As we can all benefit from being reminded of the safe and correct behaviors, we have listed them below for your reference.

If you are driving a car, AVOID citations by:

  • SLOWING DOWN - stay within the 25 miles/hour speed limit outside the school.
  • STAYING ALERT - put down distractions such as cell phones.
  • PULLING OVER ONLY IN THE DESIGNATED AREAS - don't impede traffic by pulling over in the right turn lane just before the car-park to let your children out of the car.
  • MAKING U TURNS ONLY WHERE LEGAL - right outside the school (northbound on Castro Street) is NOT a legal U-turn area as the traffic sign indicates.

If you are riding a bicycle, AVOID citations by:

  • WEARING YOUR HELMET ON YOUR HEAD - do not wear hats underneath your helmet, do not hang helmets off your bike.
  • HAVING WORKING BRAKES - even on your 'fixes'.
  • HAVING REFLECTORS and a LIGHT when riding in the dark or twilight hours.
  • RIDING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN IN TRAFFIC - it is possible to receive a citation if you ride on the road against traffic
  • STOPPING at STOP signs and RED traffic lights
  • USING APPROPRIATE HAND SIGNALS to indicate to other cyclists and drivers what you are going to do - yes using incorrect or lack of hand-signals can be reason for a citation.

NOTE: you will not receive a citation if you ride on the crosswalk, however it is strongly recommended to stop and walk your bike instead.

If you are a pedestrian, AVOID a citation by NOT entering the crosswalk once the traffic light starts flashing red (yes this is citable and unsafe).

Last but not least, one officer said: "Change your mindset, let's work together to keep everyone safe."

Thank you for keeping out Graham community members safe.

Please click here to refer to the following vehicle codes for further details.

Thank you.

 

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