Safe Routes to School

International Walk to School Day – October 6, 2021

Lace up, join the fun, and enjoy snacks and prizes when your family walks or bikes to school on Wednesday, October 6th! Some schools will offer in-class activities to celebrate. Schools with the most creative implementation will defend or steal a title trophy in the Walk to School Day Challenge (see below for more details). If you do not see your school, email Peter, Program Coordinator at pwilliamson@rideshare.org.

Confirmed Schools

  • AUSD – Atascadero Fine Arts Academy – arrival rewards / Council Member Funk
  • AUSD – Atascadero High
  • AUSD – Atascadero Middle School
  • AUSD – Carrisa Plains Elementary
  • AUSD – Creston Elementary
  • AUSD – Monterey Road Elementary – arrival rewards
  • AUSD – Paloma Creek Alternative High School
  • AUSD – San Benito Elementary – Mayor Moreno
  • AUSD – San Gabriel Elementary School – arrival rewards
  • AUSD – Santa Margarita Elementary
  • Bellevue Santa Fe Charter School
  • Cayucos Elementary School District (ESD)
  • Coast USD – Santa Lucia Middle School – County Health Agency extra giveaways
  • Family Partnership Charter School Montessori Blended Resource Center
  • Lucia Mar USD – Arroyo Grande High School – arrival rewards
  • Lucia Mar USD – Central Coast New Tech High School
  • Lucia Mar USD – Dana Elementary – arrival rewards / County Health Agency extra giveaways
  • Lucia Mar USD – Fairgrove Elementary
  • Lucia Mar USD – Grover Beach Elementary – Supervisor Ortiz-Legg & Council Member Miller – walking school bus / arrival rewards / lesson planning
  • Lucia Mar USD – Grover Heights Elementary – arrival rewards
  • Lucia Mar USD – Harloe Elementary – Council Member Storton / APCD extra giveaways
  • Lucia Mar USD – Judkins Middle School – special PE programming
  • Lucia Mar USD – Lange Elementary
  • Lucia Mar USD – Lopez High
  • Lucia Mar USD – Nipomo High School – arrival rewards
  • Lucia Mar USD – Ocean View Elementary – arrival rewards / random raffle prizes
  • Lucia Mar USD – Oceano Elementary
  • Lucia Mar USD – Paulding Middle School – arrival rewards
  • Lucia Mar USD – Shell Beach Elementary – Council Member Newton
  • Paso JUSD – Art Academy at Bauer Speck
  • Paso JUSD – Daniel E. Lewis Middle School
  • Paso JUSD – George H. Flamson Middle School
  • Paso JUSD – Georgia Brown Elementary
  • Paso JUSD – Kermit King Elementary
  • Paso JUSD – Liberty Continuation High School
  • Paso JUSD – Paso Robles High School
  • Paso JUSD – Pat Butler Elementary
  • Paso JUSD – Virginia Peterson Elementary
  • Paso JUSD – Winifred Pifer Elementary
  • San Miguel JUSD – Lillian Larsen Elementary
  • SLC – Baywood Elementary – special PE programming from Bike SLO County
  • SLC – Bishops Peak Elementary
  • SLC – C.L. Smith Elementary
  • SLC – Del Mar Elementary – Council Members Addis & Ford
  • SLC – Hawthorne Elementary – extra raffle giveaways from school
  • SLC – Laguna Middle School
  • SLC – Los Osos Middle School
  • SLC – Monarch Grove Elementary – arrival rewards
  • SLC – Pacheco Elementary – Past Mayor Harmon
  • SLC – Sinsheimer Elementary – Council Member Pease
  • SLC – Teach Elementary
  • TUSD – Templeton Elementary
  • TUSD – Templeton High
  • TUSD – Templeton Middle
  • TUSD – Vineyard Elementary – in-class lesson planning and prizes

Walk to School Day Challenge

Each year, schools compete for Walk to School Day Title Trophies! The following are defending their 2020 Title:

  • Elementary School: Pacheco Elementary School
  • Middle School: Los Osos Middle School
  • High School: Arroyo Grande High School
  • District: San Luis Coastal Unified School District

Defend or steal a trophy by helping your school get creative with Walk to School Day. This might mean a unique celebration during class, a coordinated photo, or advanced walking school bus route. A panel of judges will review schools with creative implementations and announce title trophy holders before October 31st. Get creative and have fun!


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!

Email us at info@rideshare.org or click here to get started.


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Additional Resources

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