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. 

Walk, Ride, and Roll to School mini-grants. In support of International Walk to School Day in October, iCommute is awarding 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. The goal of the mini-grant program is to empower schools with resources and flexibility to organize events and programs that work best for their students. The grant application period has now closed. For more information, visit the mini-grant web page.

Bike and pedestrian safety. Education is 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. Check out our summer family biking tips too!

Bike buddies and walking school buses. Traveling to school as a group promotes safety. Bike buddies 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 buddies 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. 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. In addition, 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.

Walk and Bike to School Days. Each year, schools hold events for bike and walk to school days throughout the world. In 2015, National Bike to School Day is 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.  

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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