Walk & Roll to School Day
What is a Walk & Roll to School Day?
A Walk & Roll to School Day is a special event that encourages students and their parents to try walking, bicycling, or another non-motorized way to get to school. International Walk to School Day is an annual event that attracts millions of participants in over 30 countries during the month of October. Bike to School day is in May. California Walk to School Headquarters provides additional planning tools for involving parents, recruiting volunteers, promotional materials in a variety of languages, and other resources.
Related Encouragement Events
Frequency of these events depends on the level of support and participation from students, parents, schools, and local officials. Weekly events such as Walking/Wheeling Wednesdays or Walk & Roll Fridays encourage families to use alternative forms of transportation regularly. A Walking School Bus/Bike Trains can be organized to alleviate parents’ fears about traffic and personal safety. Students who cannot walk or bicycle to school due to distance, topography, or other barriers can participate by parking at a designated location a half-mile or so from school and walk from there. Additionally, the California Walk to School Headquarters has tips for including students who live too far to walk Another idea is to block off parking lots and stage a lunchtime event in the space. For example, Drake High School in Marin hosted a “No Cars on Campus Day” and showcased engineering students' innovative Human Powered Vehicles in the empty parking lot during lunch.
- Alameda County Safe Routes to School has a Walk & Roll to School Day Toolkit with setup instructions, stickers to print, mode charts, tally sheets, sample newsletter text, and a volunteer sign-up sheet.
- Tips to having a Fun and Safe Walk & Roll to School Day from San Francisco Safe Routes to School includes suggestions for organizers. They also have a Walk to School Day Poster in English, Spanish, and Chinese and organize a Bike to School Day Poster Contest for students to create marketing materials.
- Walk & Roll to School Days Guidebook from Marin County Safe Routes to School and the Transportation Authority of Marin includes instructions and templates for an informational e-blast, posters, and a school newsletter announcement.
- Sonoma County Safe Routes to School has a Walk & Roll to School Day Guidebook that includes suggestions for promoting the event.
- The California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center has California Walk, Bike, Roll Posters available in a variety of languages.