Mtn. View High promotes green commuting

The city of Mountain View is moving forward with bike and pedestrian initiatives, and students at Mountain View High School are getting into the act.

Increasing numbers of students bike, walk or ride the bus to school to avoid traffic congestion, reduce carbon emissions and save money, according to campus bike counts tallied by the school’s Carbon Free Commute Challenge, a Parent Teacher Student Association group that encourages green commuting. The average number of students biking to school has more than doubled in the past six years, the group reports.

Mountain View High’s Environmental Club is spearheading an effort to have green bike lanes painted on Bryant and Truman avenues.

“Biking, walking and bus-riding should be the standard modes of transportation to school, not something extra just for the environmentally enthusiastic,” said Carbon Free Commute Challenge co-chairman Mike Mulkey, a Mountain View High parent.

According to Mulkey, many students are now realizing that with heavy morning traffic, stoplights and the continual congestion near campus, it can be faster to bike to school.

“The new pedestrian/bicycle bridge over Highway 85 at Dale Avenue and Heatherstone Way has been a big help for those students coming from north of El Camino,” he said. “Plus, biking and walking students find benefits they didn’t expect, like arriving at school refreshed and ready to go, as well as enjoying a healthy, relaxing wind-down on the way home.”

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