Walk To School Day

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Walk to School Day, a Safe Routes to School Los Angeles initiative, brings school communities together to celebrate the fun and healthy benefits of walking, and spotlight the importance of traffic safety. Students, parents, school staff and administration, and valued community members join in a morning walk that offers fun physical activity. The community’s presence on the streets reminds us to help create calm, safe routes to school for students that walk and bicycle. Students who travel safely to school are more likely to arrive at school ready to learn.

 

REGISTRATION STARTS SEPTEMBER 2018

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For information and event assistance, please contact us at ladot.saferoutes@lacity.org or (323) 942-9873.

 

“Walk to School Day is a phenomenal first step for the City to make students visible and promote Safe Routes to School everywhere!”

— Ivanhoe Walk to School Day Volunteer Organizer

 

Walk to School Day Overview

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What is Walk to School Day?

Walk to School Day is an annual national event that happens at thousands of schools. Students, parents, school personnel and other community members walk to school in community on the day of the event.

How will Safe Routes to School help?

SRTS-LA is a program administered by LADOT in partnership with LAUSD. SRTS-LA provides planning and logistical support, promotional materials, and banners. LADOT staff also notifies School and City Police and the Crossing Guards about your event.

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How far can students be expected to walk?

As a rule of thumb, walking routes should be no longer than one mile. Walking School Bus meeting spots should be between 1/4 – 1/2 mile from the school.

What if it is not safe to walk in my neighborhood?

You could organize an on-campus Walk at School event, or work with trusted neighborhood partners.

Why should I volunteer?

This is a great opportunity to help encourage children to walk to school leading to healthy habits and improved safety around school campuses. Volunteers are needed to ensure that the event is safe and successful.

 

 

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Organizer Resources

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School-based organizers take the lead in planning their school’s Walk to School day Event! The organizer recruits 5–10 volunteers to plan and host Walk to School Day. The Safe Routes to School team provides support with planning and logistics, a banner, promotional materials, and coordination with special guests.

 

 

GET STARTED TODAY!

The Organizer Manual and Tip Sheet are step-by-step guides for planning a successful event. See below for downloadable materials (English and Spanish) to complete each step to organize and promote the event.

 

 

Walk to School Day comes in many shapes and sizes. Use the resources below to create your one-of-a-kind event!

Schedule a brief meeting with the principal to get approval to host Walk to School Day on October 10th.  Confirm the day/time of event and review options for activities!

Register Now to make your school eligible for Walk to School Day. LADOT will provide Walk to School Day banners and incentives!

Once the event has been approved, begin outreach to parents and program providers (also potential recruits) using flyers and e-blasts to raise awareness about Walk to School Day.  Copy and paste sample text below into emails or newsletters. When all recruits have been signed up, email the Volunteer Contact Information to LADOT at saferoutes@lacity.org.

Up to 7 days before the event, begin using the Walkability Checklist.

Review your  selected event activities to ensure all the materials, game pieces, and activity locations have been secured or decided on!

Use the following materials to energize school and community participation – hang posters, send emails and make phone calls!

 

It’s the big day!  Ask your volunteers to come an hour before the school day starts to assist in setup.

  • Set Up the Greeting Table with materials you plan to give away that day, and any other information you plan to share.
  • Assign volunteers to their posts, to take photos, to counts students as they walk through school entrances,or to collect quotes from kids and parents about their experience.
  • Send Walking School Bus leaders to meeting locations 30 minutes before the event with Walking Safety Tips and Walking School Bus Routes to greet families and walk together in time to get back to school.

Great job! Take a bit of time to express your appreciation to volunteers and participants! Provide comments and input for future Walk to School Day events to LADOT at saferoutes@lacity.org

  • Write thank you notes to volunteers
  • Upload your event photos to Instagram using #WalkToSchoolDayLA.
  • Complete the post-event survey (Sent from LADOT’s email after the event)

* Portions of this content were provided by the California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center, California Active Communities and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

 

 

Safe Routes to School

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Walk to School Day is a key Walking Encouragement activity of Safe Routes to School.  Similarly, SRTS is a core strategy of Vision Zero to enhance the safety of people who walk and bicycle on our city streets, and encourage people to walk, bicycle and use transit.  Specifically, SRTS will help achieve the Vision Zero goal to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2025. Download the SRTS Action Plan and Progress Report here. 

For additional information about SRTS, please visit www.saferoutes.lacity.org

 

 

 

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REGISTRATION STARTS SEPTEMBER 2018
CLICK HERE FOR MATERIALS TO SUPPORT YOUR EVENT

 


SRTS Progress Action Plan

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Walk to School Day is a key Walking Encouragement activity of Safe Routes to School.  Similarly, SRTS is a core strategy of Vision Zero to enhance the safety of people who walk and bicycle on our city streets, and encourage people to walk, bicycle and use transit.  Specifically, SRTS will help achieve the Vision Zero goal to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2025. Download the SRTS Action Plan and Progress Report here. 

For additional information about SRTS, please visit www.saferoutes.lacity.org