Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Classes

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Encourage your students to take active transportation to school with a free class!

For the 2015-2016 school year, the iCommute Walk, Ride, and Roll to School program is offering free classes and events for public or private K-12 schools in the San Diego region. These classes are designed to teach students skills and safety to build confidence and encourage active transportation choices. Our goal is to increase the number of children who walk, bike, skate, skateboard, or ride a scooter to school; raise awareness of the benefits of more active forms of transportation; and promote pedestrian and bike safety.

Enroll your school in a free class.
An administrator, principal, or parent leader of the school can sign up for a class or event beginning August 20, 2015. Registration for education services is on a first-come, first-served basis with a preference to schools that did not receive funding through our Mini-Grant program

Schools will be able to choose from these six options:

  • Elementary Safety Assembly - This 40-minute assembly will be tailored for either grades K-3 or 4-5/6, and will cover the basics of walking and biking safety. Assembly highlights may include a helmet fitting demonstration or an interactive intersection crossing demonstration.

  • Middle/High School Bike Workshop - This 40-minute interactive presentation will cover biking laws, bike-handling tips, bike maintenance, sustainability, and health. An optional live demonstration will show participants how to fix a flat tire, take wheels off, and adjust a bike for proper fit. 

  • Bike Rodeo - This bike skills event will be taught on a school playground or parking lot, and provides an opportunity for students to develop skills to become more confident bike riders. Bike rodeos typically include two one-hour sessions, one for grades K-3 and one for grades 4-5/6.

  • Encouragement Ride - This fun bike ride will offer kids and parents an opportunity to ride with an instructor safely around the school neighborhood. This ride teaches useful urban riding techniques and skills for route planning on the road. An introduction to bike trains may be provided.

  • Bike Mini Tune-Up - Instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists will demonstrate the basics of checking a bike for safe riding, including the tire air, brakes, and chain adjustments. After the demonstration, students may bring their own bike for a comprehensive check and minor bike adjustment. This one-hour event is held at your school or school district, and can be combined with another class or event.

  • Balancing and Skateboarding Safety - This one-hour skateboard safety and balancing class develops fundamental skills and helps beginners learn to skate. The class focuses on balance and position, proper technique and mechanics, as well as specific tips for skateboarding safety. The class is taught by iCommute partner Ocean Beach Surf and Skate’s staff of professional skateboarders and experienced instructors.
There are many benefits to participating in a Walk, Ride, and Roll to School class or event:

  • Improve children's awareness about taking active forms of transportation to and from school
  • Teach children about walking, biking, and skateboarding safety 
  • Improve children’s health – increased physical activity can help combat childhood obesity 
  • Show parents and students safe neighborhood routes to school and how to start a group biking or walking train
  • Encouraging active transportation means less traffic congestion in school zones, which can improve safety
  • Instill healthy habits in children’s commute decisions

In 2014, San Diego region schools participated in a week-long Walk, Ride, and Roll to School challenge. Overall, students logged miles equivalent to 56,313 home runs in Petco Park and burned calories equal to snorkeling in La Jolla Cove for 673 hours!

For more information about the Walk, Ride, and Roll to School education services, please contact Barbara Solorzano, iCommute consultant, at (619) 546-5390 or email schools@sandag.org.  

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