Walk, Ride, and Roll to School

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Active transportation to school. Walk, Ride, and Roll to School encourages active transportation including biking, walking, skating, skateboarding, or riding a scooter to help promote physical activity and healthier lifestyles for students. Active transportation saves money, improves children’s health, and reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in school zones. 

Free classes and events for schools. For the 2015-2016 school year, the iCommute Walk, Ride, and Roll to School program is offering free classes and events to 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. For more information, or to enroll your school in a free class, visit the Walk, Ride, and Roll to School event web page

Walk, Ride, and Roll to School mini-grants. In support of International Walk to School Day in October, the iCommute Walk, Ride, and Roll to School program awarded mini-grants of up to $1,500 to public or private K-12 schools or school districts. Programs or projects that educate and encourage active forms of transportation to and from school, and that promote pedestrian safety around schools were eligible. Up to $30,000 in grant funding will be awarded in 2015. The grant application period closed on Friday, May 22. Seventeen successful applicants received approval notice in June. 

Walking and biking safety. Education is the key to ensuring that kids bike and walk to school safely. The Walk, Ride, and Roll to School program supports bike and pedestrian safety through education, outreach, and fun trading cards with safety tips for kids.The Safe Routes to School program provides a tip sheet on bike and pedestrian safety skills for parents to share with their children. Schools may also register for free Walk, Ride, and Roll to School classes and events that teach walking and biking safety.

Bike trains and walking school buses. Traveling to school as a group promotes safety. Bike trains are groups of students that ride bikes to school together with adult/parent leaders. A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school together with one or more adults. Walking school buses or bike trains can be as informal as two families taking turns biking or walking their children to school, or as structured as establishing a route, timetable, and a group of parent volunteers. See how this school has benefited from a walking school bus over the last 10 years.

More alternative transportation choices. All San Diego public transit operators allow for bikes on board, and walking to transit stops can lead to a healthier start to your children’s school days. For some parents, organizing a carpool or having their children take transit to school is a good option. Research has shown that when students carpool, their school attendance and timeliness improve. Schools may utilize the iCommute system to organize carpooling initiatives. For more information, email schools@sandag.org.

Walk and Bike to School Days. Each year, schools hold events for bike and walk to school days around the world. In 2015, National Bike to School Day was Wednesday, May 6, and International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 7. The National Center for Safe Routes to Schools provides helpful tips on how your school can participate. San Diego region schools or districts also can register for a free class or event to prepare for or encourage participation in Walk and Bike to School Days.   

The Walk, Ride, and Roll to School program was created to increase the number of children who walk, bike, skate, or ride a scooter to school; to raise awareness of the benefits of more active forms of transportation; and to promote pedestrian and bike safety. The program is implemented by iCommute.

For more information, call 511 and say “Schools” or email schools@sandag.org.

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