Safe Routes to School

Walk to School Day is October 5, 2022

International Walk to School Day began in 1997 and is celebrated annually each October, with communities across the country (and globe!) walking and rolling to school on the same day. SLO Regional Rideshare organizes the event in San Luis Obispo County, in partnership with dozens of K-12 schools and local school districts. Schools may participate any day during October. The event highlights the importance of safe routes to school and supports healthy communities. See the list of participating schools below.

Don’t see your school?

Email us! We’ll provide you with flyers, snacks, and giveaways for students who walk and roll to school on October 5th.

Participating schools:

Atascadero Unified School District

Atascadero High School
Atascadero Middle School
Carrisa Plains Elementary
Creston Elementary
Fine Arts Academy
Paloma Creek High School (Oct. 6)
San Benito Elementary
San Gabriel Elementary
Santa Margarita Elementary
Santa Rosa Academic Academy
Atascadero Choices in Education (ACE) Academy (Oct. 6)

Cayucos Elementary School District

Cayucos Elementary School

Lucia Mar Unified School District

Arroyo Grande High School
Dana Elementary
Fairgrove Elementary
Grover Heights Elementary
Harloe Elementary
Central Coast New Tech High School
Nipomo High School
Oceano Elementary (Oct. 12)
Shell Beach Elementary

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District

Bauer Speck
Georgia Brown
Pat Butler
Kermit King
Virginia Peterson
Winifred Pifer
Flamson Middle School
Lewis Middle School
Liberty Continuation High School
Paso Robles High School

San Luis Coastal Unified School District

Baywood Elementary School
Bishop’s Peak Elementary
C.L. Smith Elementary School (Oct. 12)
Del Mar Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Laguna Middle School
Los Osos Middle School
Monarch Grove Elementary School
Pacheco Elementary School
Sinsheimer Elementary School (Oct. 6)

Shandon Joint Unified School District

Parkfield Elementary
Shandon Elementary
Shandon Middle School
Shandon High School

Templeton Unified School District

Templeton Elementary
Templeton Middle School
Templeton High School

Charter & Private Schools

Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter School
Family Partnership Charter School, Morro Bay

Walk to School Day – Event Resources

Need help planning your Walk to School event? Below are several resources to help you get started.

Safe Routes to School Family Survey Results

A big thanks to all of the SLO County K-12 families, schools, and local communities who provided input on the 2022 Safe Routes to School Family Survey. We received over 1,300 responses! Your input is being used to guide our Active Transportation Program (ATP) application for Cycle 6 funds. If funding is awarded, additional resources will be developed in 2023/24 to improve safety for students walking and rolling to school.

Summary data collected from the survey can be found here.

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.

Mini-Grants Available for 2022/23 School Year!

Rideshare’s Safe Routes to School program offers mini-grant funding to K-12 schools in San Luis Obispo County for education and encouragement activities that make it safe, convenient, and fun for children to walk and bicycle to and from school.

Apply for Funding

Free Learning Resources

The following resources were developed to provide bicycle safety education to 4th and 5th grade students in San Luis Obispo County, CA with grant funding from the Cycle 3 Active Transportation Program (ATP). Materials are free for educational use.

Videos

Lessons

Answer Keys

In-class instruction is also available through Bike SLO County with funding from the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG). Contact Rideshare staff at info@rideshare.org to learn more. Questions? Reach out: info@rideshare.org

Where can I find…?

Student Bus Passes
Additional Resources