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December 17, 2017

In this issue...

Replacement Vehicles To Be Used On 100+ Degree Days  ...  MiBM in the North Natomas  ...  Beyond Bike Month  ...  NO Flyer Service on Fourth of July Holiday  ...  Another Successful Walk to School Year is Complete  ...  'Tis the Season to Spare the Air  ... 

 

Replacement Vehicles To Be Used On 100+ Degree Days

Due to A/C malfunctions, Sacramento Regional Transit big buses and smaller “neighborhood shuttles” will be used, instead of our regular Flyer Shuttles. This will continue for any afternoon that temperatures are forecasted to reach 100 degrees or higher. Replacement bus usage will be determined by 12 p.m. the day prior. 

BE ALERT and look for your route displayed on approaching buses while waiting at your stop. 

RT Dispatch can be reached at 916-556-0259.

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MiBM in the North Natomas

Drumroll please...the North Natomas community logged a total of 98,130 miles during this year's May is Bike Month campaign!

Yet again, area residents and employees excitedly saddled up to log miles. The Club at Natomas Park team logged a total of 3,006 miles to add to the tally, while employees at the California Department of Consumer Affairs rode 4,698 miles towards the goal. The Natomas Unified School District faculty and staff got in on the action with a total of 2,147 miles in the saddle. In total, North Natomas residents and employees rode 47,735 miles in the month of May.

North Natomas TMA’s efforts also extended to 10 area elementary and middle schools. During the month, 3,441 students participated by logging 50,395 miles. A total of 57% of school enrollment participated, up from 53% in 2016. All 10 North Natomas schools ranked within the top 13 schools in the region in the trips category. 

The winning school in the entire Sacramento region, Witter Ranch Elementary, had volunteers lead a daily “Bike Train” to school. 

But wait, there's more! Bike Month is more than just logging miles. Bike Doc repaired a total of 123 bikes free of charge at events throughout the community. On an early Friday morning, our breakfast stop lured 38 riders to celebrate Bike to Work Day. In addition, our partnership with Bella Bru enticed people with tasty treats and free bike valet on Shop, Bike, Dine Day. Meanwhile, in cyberspace, our #31ReasonstoBike series encouraged and empowered our social media followers with the many positive benefits of riding a bicycle.

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Beyond Bike Month

Just because Bike Month is over doesn't mean you can’t still get out and enjoy your bicycle. Hop on your ride and enjoy all that summer has to offer. 

Bike Doc will be taking a quick break, however, stay tuned for events to resume in August. Need a minor fix before then? Check out the self-service Bike Fix-It Station located in front of the North Natomas Library.

The Natomas Farmers Market is in full swing, and in case you haven't noticed - there's a fantastic bike corral for those who arrive via two wheels. With the best parking around, the corral is located in front of the market structure.

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NO Flyer Service on Fourth of July Holiday

Be sure to mark your calendar and find a buddy to carpool with, should you find yourself needing to get downtown. The Flyer will NOT run Tuesday, July 4th in observance of the holiday. In addition, the NNTMA office will be closed. 

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Another Successful Walk to School Year is Complete

A lifetime of being active begins on the way to school. Studies have shown that students who walk and bike to school are more alert in class, have higher physical activity levels throughout the day and reduced stress levels.

Some highlights from this year's Walk to School Program:

  • At the seven school sites that participated in our weekly program, 20% of the total school enrollment walked or biked to school on program days.
  • We had 593 5th graders complete our bike education program, Project Ride Smart. This is the most EVER in one year.
  • During the spring, students participated in Polar Bear March. This competition helped students reduce carbon emissions, which in turn helped slow the habitat loss of polar bears. Grade levels who walked the most at each school won the opportunity to “adopt a polar bear” through the organization Polar Bears International.

Thank you to the many volunteers, parents, teachers, and staff that support this program and encourage North Natomas youth to start their day on the right foot. Special thanks to our Parent Champions who energized and inspired their schools throughout the year:

  • Shilvana Hernandez at Regency Park Elementary
  • Arlene Sanchez at Witter Ranch Elementary
  • Mike Calarco at Heron School
  • Yvonne Chaiyes at H. Allen Hight Elementary
  • Elena Thrower at Westlake Charter School
  • Jaskaran Kaur at Natomas Park Elementary
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'Tis the Season to Spare the Air

High temperatures can contribute to an unhealthy air quality, but that isn't the only factor that triggers a Spare the Air Day. Spare the Air Days are announced when the AQI for ground-level ozone pollution is forecast to reach 126 or above.

Sign up for Spare the Air Alerts and ride the Flyer Shuttle for free when a Spare the Air Day is announced. Spare the Air Days are determined by 1 p.m. the day prior. 

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Mission Statement:
The North Natomas Transportation Management Association is a nonprofit organization with the mission to foster transportation behaviors that enhance placemaking in our community through advocacy, programs, education, and services.

1918 Del Paso Rd, Ste 100 | Sacramento, CA 95834 | 916-419-9955 | info@nntma.org

 

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