Safe Routes to School and W&B Activities

What is Walk to School Day?

 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. It began in 1997 as a one-day event.

Create a Story, Poster, or Selfie about Walk to School Day and send it to Walk and Bike Mendocino (walkbike@ncoinc.org). Best submissions will be featured on social media!

What is Walktober?

October is ideal for walking — the temperatures are cool and the colors are spectacular. Making the most of this great season, Walktober is a month-long campaign designed to inspire everyone to make walking a priority — in October and beyond.

Walk and Bike to School Day Flyer Template 

Spread the word about your event with flyers, and brighten school hallways, doorways or lawns with cheerful banners. We provide flyers and banners for you to use.

distance-clipart-pitr_walking_man_2_scalable_vector_graphics_svg_clip_art_coloring_colouring_bookmotorcycle-clipart-black-and-white-black-bike-mdWhat is Safe Routes to School (SRTS)?

Safe Routes to School is an international movement that has taken hold in communities throughout the United States.  The concept is to increase the number of children who walk or bicycle to school by funding projects that remove the barriers that currently prevent them from doing so.  Those barriers include lack of infrastructure, unsafe infrastructure, lack of programs that promote walking and bicycling through education/encouragement programs aimed at children, parents, and the community.

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Why is Safe Routes to School Important?

Thirty years ago, 60% of children living within a 2-mile radius of a school walked or bicycled to school.  Today, that number has dropped to less than 15%.  Roughly 25% commute by school bus, and well over half are driven to or from school in vehicles.  And back then, 5% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 were considered to be overweight or obese.  Today, that number has climbed to 20%.  These statistics point to a rise in preventable childhood diseases, worsening air quality and congestion around schools, and missed opportunities for children to grow into self reliant, independent adults.
Safe Routes to School Programs are intended to reverse these trends by funding projects that improve safety and efforts that promote walking and bicycling within a collaborative community framework.  It is through local champions working with a coalition of parents, schools, professionals in transportation, engineering, health, and law enforcement, that the most sustainable projects are expected to emerge.

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Walk and Bike (W&B) Activities

If you think your school can’t possibly host a Walk/Bike to School Day activity, think again!  Walk and Bike Activities create healthy, happy, and vibrant communities and are great fun for children and adults. These activities have also helped bring communities together to support walking and bicycling. Make the event something that will resonate with what families, the school and broader community care about, whether it’s encouraging physical activity, building a sense of community, highlighting the need for sidewalks or another cause. Browse these ideas/links bellow to help you plan your activity/event.

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