Safe Routes to School

Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 4th!

Walk to School Day is an energizing event. It reminds adults and students alike of the simple joy of walking or bicycling to school, while building support for creating or improving safer walking and bicycling routes. Started in 1997, Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration that continues to have record-breaking participation each October. Today, thousands of schools across America, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participate.

SLO County Schools Participating in Walk to School Day 2017:

Atascadero U.S.D.
Atascadero Middle School
Creston Elementary (celebration in Sept.)
Monterey Rd. Elementary
San Benito Elementary School
San Gabriel Elementary
Santa Rosa Academic Academy

Cayucos E.S.D.
Cayucos Elementary

Coast U.S.D.
Cambria Grammar

Lucia Mar U.S.D.
Fairgrove Elementary
Grover Beach Elementary
Grover Heights Elementary
Harloe Elementary
Oceano Elementary
Ocean View Elementary (celebration Oct. 12)
Shell Beach Elementary

San Luis Coastal U.S.D.
Baywood Elementary
Bishop’s Peak Elementary
C.L. Smith Elementary
Del Mar Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Laguna Middle School
Los Osos Middle School
Los Ranchos Elementary
Monarch Grove
Pacheco Elementary
Sinsheimer Elementary
San Luis Obispo High School

Paso Robles J.U.S.D.
Bauer-Speck Elementary
Daniel E. Lewis Middle
George H. Flamson
Georgia Brown Elementary
Kermit King Elementary
Liberty Continuation School
Paso Robles High School
Pat Butler Elementary
Virginia Peterson Elementary
Winifred Pifer Elementary

San Miguel J.U.S.D
Lillian Larsen

Shandon J.U.S.D
Shandon Elementary

Templeton U.S.D
Templeton Elementary
Vineyard Elementary
Templeton Middle School
Templeton High School

Parent Survey

Children deserve a safe route to school. By giving just 5 minutes and taking our survey, you can help your child’s school win a Bike Rodeo on Bike to School Day 2018. The information gathered will be used to support applications for funding Safe Routes to School transportation projects and programs. The school with the greatest response rate as of December 31, 2017 will win a Bike Rodeo on Bike to School Day 2018!

Any and all answers will be kept anonymous in order to protect your privacy.

Parent survey - english    Parent survey - spanish

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cycletrackEarning a Cyclogy Degree at Oceano Elementary

The new bicycle track at Oceano Elementary School is one of California’s first permanent schoolyard bicycle tracks. It was designed to help children practice riding with others by providing an environment for teaching kids proper signaling, yielding, and starting from a full stop. It also has a number of different types of intersections and street signs to create real-life situations.

SLOCOG staff was approached by a longtime bicycle advocate, Jim DeCecco, a teacher at Oceano Elementary with the idea of creating a safe place for students to practice using active transportation on the school playground. Staff worked closely with Jim and the school physical education teacher to understand how the playground is used so that it does not distract from the school’s other needs. From these discussions, the circle, kickball bases, and foursquare courts had to be incorporated in the design. Staff made the circle into a roundabout, the foursquare platforms where used to simulate a four-way stop, and the kickball bases were placed into the design. Thanks to the collaboration of school administration and the school district, this project was implemented within three months. SLOCOG’s Safe Routes to School Program is interested in working with additional schools to implement similar concepts.

Cycle Track Application, CLICK HERE

Through Caltrans Active Transportation Grant, Rideshare has the funds to implement cycle tracks at approximately 9 schools throughout the county over the next three years. This application is the first step toward funding a cycle track at your school.

School Participation

The SRTS Task Force provides mini grants to schools interested in starting or maintaining participation in active transportation, offers workshops, and provides incentives for schools to participate in international walk to school and national walk to school day. If you are interested in getting your local school more involved in the SRTS movement, email or call 781-4462.

Below is a chart of the region’s elementary schools as well as middle and high schools that are active in the SRTS Program. Education and Bike to School Day columns will be updated with school participation.

In Partnership with Bike SLO County, SLOCOG’s SRTS Program provides elementary schools with 4th or 5th Grade “Driver’s Ed” which is compliant with common core standards and is certified by the California Department of Education. This program is available to all schools and includes two 1.5 hour sessions on two different days. To book an assembly, please contact Bike SLO County.srts_event_participation_byschool-1

To learn more about SLO County’s Safe Routes to School Program, CLICK HERE.

To join our Safe Routes to School Newsletter, CLICK HERE.