Walk, Ride, and Roll to School

Walk, Ride, and Roll to School

Active transportation to school. Walk, Ride, and Roll to School encourages active transportation including biking, walking, skating, 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. 

2019 GO by BIKE Mini-Grant program. In support of the San Diego Regional Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 16, 2019 and National Bike Month in May, the SANDAG GO by BIKE and iCommute teams are offering grants of up to $3,000 for programs or projects that promote biking through outreach and education. A total of $60,000 in grant funding is available.

Public and private K-12 schools and San Diego County school districts are eligible to apply if they partner with a CBO or non-profit organization. Eligible activities must be open to the public and should focus on bike education or safety, building support for biking, and promoting biking as an everyday transportation choice. Examples include:

  • Community rides, bike scavenger hunts, or guided bike tours to highlight existing bike paths/infrastructure
  • Bike education classes related to bike maintenance, skill building, and safety
  • Bike-in movie events
  • Public events or rides that open city streets to bikes
  • Campaigns, events, fairs, or contents that promote biking or bike safety
The application for the 2018 GO by BIKE Mini-Grants will be released soon. Please revisit our website to download a copy of the application beginning November 5, 2018. The Mini-Grant application deadline is December 21, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Free classes and events for schools. The iCommute Walk, Ride, and Roll to School program offers 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, visit the class and events web page.

Walk and Bike to School Days. Each year, schools hold events for bike and walk to school days around the world. In 2019, National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 8, and International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 2. 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.   

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. HopSkipDrive is a safe ride service app designed to help parents get their kids to and from school safely with a personal driver or by carpooling with other families. Research has shown that when students carpool, their school attendance and timeliness improve.

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

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