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. The Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Mini-Grant program is an annual active transportation and safety awareness effort implemented by iCommute. The program is designed to empower local schools with the resources and flexibility to organize events and programs that work best for their students.

For the 2017-2018 school year, iCommute awarded mini-grants of up to $1,500 to fifteen schools, districts, or after-school programs. These mini-grant recipients will hold events, programs, or projects that educate and encourage active forms of transportation to and from school, or that promote pedestrian and bike safety around schools.

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 Walk, Ride, and Roll to School web page.

Walk and Bike to School Days. Each year, schools hold events for bike and walk to school days around the world. In 2018, National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 9, and International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 10. 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. 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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