Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge

Walk, Ride, and Roll to School

Active transportation for students and money for schools

Walk, Ride, and Roll to School is an awareness campaign implemented by the iCommute SchoolPool program and Safe Routes to School initiative. The purpose of this campaign is to increase the number of children who walk, bike, carpool, or take transit to school; to raise awareness of the benefits of more active forms of transportation; and to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. The 2013 Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge was presented by Chipotle.

During October 2013, a record-breaking 47 schools across the San Diego region participated in the Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge! These schools represented more than 30,000 students. Parents were encouraged to log their children’s trips in TripTracker. The school with the largest percentage of parents who logged their children’s carpool, transit, walk, and/or bike to school trips won the challenge. Scooters, skates, and skateboards counted too. Overall, 8,582 miles were logged during the challenge, which is equivalent to 125,869 home runs at Petco Park or 91 one-way trips to Disneyland!

More than 3,100 local students from 25 schools participated in Walk and Bike to School Day on October 9, 2013. Throughout San Diego County, kids tried an active way to get to school such as walking, biking, or riding a scooter, skates, or skateboard.

Thank you to all of the participants, and congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge! These schools won a check from the SANDAG iCommute program to purchase school supplies:

1st Place:  Flora Vista Elementary   $1,000 

2nd Place: Ocean Knoll Elementary  $750 

3rd Place:  Heritage Elementary      $500

This year’s challenge also included students from seventeen South Bay schools who took part in the Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Chula Vista Challenge. The Chula Vista Elementary School District, Sweetwater Union High School District, National School District, and City of Chula Vista Recreation Department took part in a pilot program to incorporate year-round schools in the Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge and SchoolPool activities. In addition to the chance to win regional prizes for school supplies, the top participating school, Heritage Elementary School, won a lunchtime radio appearance from Energy 103.7 and will enjoy a two-hour visit with AJ in the Mornings — including music, giveaways, and recognition on the radio!

Schools that participated in the Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge won in so many ways. Benefits of active transportation and this challenge  include:

  • The challenge was FREE and active transportation offers solutions when funding for buses is limited and gas prices are high
  • Improves children’s health – increased physical activity can help combat childhood obesity
  • Allows parents the opportunity to connect with their kids while walking or biking to school together
  • Improves air quality and the environment
  • Helps schools and districts meet their green goals
  • Encourages safer environments around school zones – less traffic congestion can improve safety
  • Instills healthy habits in children’s commute decisions
  • iCommute provided safety materials and classes for students and parents
  • Offered schools a chance to win up to $1,000 for classroom supplies

Even though the Walk, Ride, and Roll challenge is over, administrators can still enroll their school in SchoolPool for the 2013-2014 year. See a list of participating schools. Students are encouraged to walk, ride, and roll to school with SchoolPool throughout the year. Parents can use SchoolPool to find public transit routes, carpool partners, bike buddies, and walking school buses. Additionally, parents who track their child(ren)’s trips in the online TripTracker tool are eligible for monthly prizes.

For more information on the SchoolPool program, or the Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge, email schoolpool@sandag.org, or call 511 and say "iCommute."

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