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Thursday, September 12, 2013

International Walk and Roll to School Day

Walk and Roll to School Day is the kick-off event for our SF Safe Routes to School (SF-SRTS) Program. The SF-SRTS Partnership provides free giveaways to schools as an incentive to host their own Walk and Roll to School events. In 2012, 55 schools across the city participated. We hope to have even more schools to participate this fall.
Attention schools! To register your school, complete this form by September 16. Giveaways are limited and given on a first come, first-served basis, so sign your school up today!
Currently, 15 SFUSD Elementary Schools participate in the Safe Routes to School Program, including GW Carver in the Bayview, El Dorado in Visitacion Valley, and ER Taylor in the Portola.

SF Safe Routes to School Program Goals:
  • To increase bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety around schools;
  • To decrease traffic congestion around schools;
  • To reduce childhood obesity by increasing number of children walking and biking to school; and
  • To improve air quality, community safety and security, and community involvement around school.
Safe Routes to School goals are achieved through the following strategies:
  • Educate 2nd grade classes on pedestrian safety
  • Educate 4th grade classes on bicycle safety
  • Distribute walk & bike maps for students specific to schools
  • Train and organize walking school buses and bike trains
  • Organize International Walk to School Day events (October 9, 2013)
  • Organize San Francisco Bike to School Week (spring 2014)
  • Conduct traffic enforcement around schools
  • Conduct walking audits of school to examine traffic safety needs of streets and sidewalks near schools
  • Collect and analyze how schoolchildren get to and from school
  • Collect and analyze surveys from parents on knowledge and attitudes towards walking and biking

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