International Walk to School Day – October 6, 2021
Thank you to all the teachers, students, and parents that participated in this year’s International Walk to School Day. We had over 81% of schools in the region participate! Title trophies will be rewarded to the schools with the most creative implementation of Walk to School Day, so stay tuned!
About Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School is an initiative that works to make it safe, convenient, and fun for children to walk and bicycle to and from schools. The goal is to get more children walking and bicycling to school, improve kids’ safety, and increase health and physical activity. In 1969, nearly 50 percent of all children in the United States (and nearly 90 percent of those within a mile of school) walked or bicycled to school. Today, that number has plummeted to fewer than 15 percent. During the morning commute, driving to school represents 10-14 percent of traffic on the road. Studies show that Safe Routes to School programs are effective at increasing rates of bicycling and walking to school and decreasing injuries, while helping reduce traffic congestion and pollution around school zones.
Encourage active transportation choices at your school with support from Rideshare.
The mission of Rideshare’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is to educate and empower school communities, K–12 students, and parents through tools and incentives that encourage active transportation choices and create change in family/student commuter habits. Any San Luis Obispo County school faculty member, administrator, or parent wishing to build or grow a Safe Routes to School program is urged to contact Rideshare staff for free support in the form of community resources, incentives, and on-bike education for students. Additionally, Rideshare will market your school as a Safe Routes to School community member in public relations activities, advertisements, newsletters, and on our website.
Examples of school-site SRTS initiatives include:
- On-bike Education Classes for students
- Train-the-trainer program to help existing school PE programs implement learn-by-doing bike and pedestrian safety curriculum – contact Bike SLO County
- Organization and promotion of Walk/Bike to School Days
- Incentives for one-time or ongoing encouragement events at schools – get support
- Implementation of a School Pool program (carpool matching via iRideshare.org software)
- Formation of a Bike Brigade and/or Walking School Bus
- Design and sponsorship for permanent, playground cycle tracks – click here to apply
- New program ideas are always welcome!
Schools seeking to lead by example and enable teachers and staff to reduce their vehicle impacts around sites should consider joining the region’s Back ‘N’ Forth Club for employers/commuters.
Contact us to set up your program today!
Student Bus Passes
- Safe Routes to School Taskforce
- Local Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Maps
- California Active Transportation Resource Center
- National Center for Safe Routes to Schools