They arrived on the corner en masse, shoelaces tied, helmets strapped, and jackets zipped tight. This wasn’t your typical morning commute - this was International Walk and Roll to School Day, and kids were hitting the streets to walk, bike, scoot, stroll, and skate safely to school.
This year over 130 schools and more than 25,000 students in Alameda County participated in Walk and Roll to School Day. The weeklong event aims to raise awareness about the need for safer and more walkable streets by getting kids out of cars and actively moving to school, but our Safe Routes to Schools team works year-round to make getting to school safe and fun for kids all throughout Alameda County.
Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) Director Nora Cody says this year’s Walk & Roll Day was particularly special because of the number of schools and students who participated, many who were new to Safe Routes to Schools. “With more and more schools joining the movement and implementing walking school buses, monthly walk to school days, and other ongoing events, we are truly seeing the kind of progress that changes behavior in a sustainable way.”
This year our Safe Routes to Schools team added a fun show to the usual mix of Walk and Roll to School Day activities with Rock the Block, a Walk & Roll musical performed by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre on October 9. The musical, like many of the other activities SR2S organizes for Walk and Roll to School Day, is an innovative and creative way to get kids engaged and make it more likely that their families, parents, and schools will continue to participate and become advocates for safer streets.
Here's how the day looked at Otis Elementary School in Alameda:
Here are some photos from Walk & Roll to School Day 2014:
Students at Glenview Elementary School in Oakland used stickers on a school-wide chart to show off how they arrived to school that morning.
Student sergeants at Manzanita Community School in Oakland helped parents and kids safely cross the street.
Otis Elementary school in Alameda celebrates with extra support from SR2S Site Coordinator Rachel Davidman, Chief of Police Paul Rolleri, Councilmember Lena Tam, Assemblyman Rob Bonta, and School Board member Trish Spencer.
Rock the Block: a Walk & Roll Musical debuted last week as part of Walk & Roll to School Week.
Do you want to get in on the fun of helping kids get to school safely? Join the Safe Routes to Schools program in Alameda County or find a SR2S program near you, and learn more about how the state leaders could adopt legislation to make streets near schools safer throughout California.
The Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program is funded and administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission.