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Walk & Roll to School Day

Alameda Walk 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.

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