The office was the last place to look for our Safe Routes to Schools team last week. With over 100 Alameda County schools participating in International Walk & Roll to School Day, our seven intrepid Safe Routes staffers rose before the sun each day to celebrate walking, biking, busing, and carpooling with students from Albany to Livermore.
Altogether they tallied over twenty thousand kids at participating schools, and nearly 80% arrived at school via more sustainable transportation options. And that’s not just in dense downtowns.
“It’s really exciting to see this program spread out from the urban core to large suburban schools in South and East County,” said Nora Cody, Safe Routes to Schools Alameda County Program Director. “This is a great kick-off to monthly – and even weekly for some schools – Walk & Roll Days.”
Here’s how the festivities looked at Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkeley:
Here are some photos from Walk & Roll to School Day 2013:
Kids at Dayton Elementary School in San Lorenzo were greeted by Nutri-Beast, a health hero from Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre.
Nothing but enthusiasm with this walking school bus headed to Strobridge Elementary in Hayward.
Students at Hoover Elementary in Oakland celebrated safe walking to school with help from FedEx volunteers.
And out in Dublin, students walking and biking to Kolb Elementary vastly outnumbered those traveling by car.
Kudos to our incredible Safe Routes to Schools team, and the many parent champions, teachers and administrators, and other volunteers who helped make Walk & Roll to School Day 2013 the best yet.
Rosa Parks video by Rachel Davidman.