Walk To School Day

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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 IS CLOSED
Congratulations Los Angeles!
175 Schools will be Hosting Walk to School Day
CLICK HERE FOR MATERIALS TO SUPPORT YOUR EVENT

View and share the video that captures the excitement of Walk to School Day!

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 coordinate 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 , and, if applicable, crossing guards and enforcement.

 

 

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.

 

 

The Organizer Event Checklist  is your constant companion for the weeks leading up to Walk to School Day: check off each step leading up to the event.

Educate yourself and others on this exciting event and use the Organizer Event Checklist to organize each step leading up to the event:

Walk to School Day comes in many shapes and sizes.  The Sample Activities Worksheet can be used to envision your school’s Walk to School Day. Also be sure to check out:

Schedule a brief meeting with the principal to get approval to host Walk to School Day in October.   The following materials will support a succinct and productive discussion to secure permission for the event, confirm the day/time of event, review possible event activities and sample content to publicize the event and/or support a brief motivational speech by the principle, if interested, on the day of the event:

Register Now to make your school eligible for Walk to School Day. LADOT will provide access essential organizer materials, free posters and banners, outreach materials, incentives, safety tips and support as you need it.  Upon registering, LADOT will reach out to you with information about organizer training and additional resources.

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. Contact LADOT, if you need printed copies.

Use the Sample Activities Worksheet to determine how many volunteers you need and what their roles will be.  Possible roles include being greeters, photo takers, chaperones from Walking School Bus meeting spots, and participant counters. Use the Volunteer Contact Form to collect names, contact information and desired roles so we can help you qualify them to participate.

Familiarize yourself with the Walkability Checklist.  Email the Volunteer Contact Information Form to LADOT at  saferoutes@lacity.org.

Use the Event Walking School Bus Guide to select suitable Walking School Bus meeting spots. LADOT will help you! On the day of your event, your qualified volunteers will meet guests and families at the selected meeting spots and guide the walk into school. Safety information for volunteers will be provided

Use the following materials to energize school and community participation – hang posters, send emails and make phone calls.  Send out the same reminders each week and two days and one day before the event.

 

It’s the big day! Reference your Volunteer Contact Form to review volunteers’ planned roles.  Ask your volunteers to come an hour before the school day starts to assist.

 

  • Set Up the Greeting Table with materials you plan to give away that day, and any other information you plan to share.
  • Provide volunteers the identifying apparel (LADOT will provide)
  • Assign volunteers to their posts
  • Assign volunteers to take photos, counts students as they walk through school entrances, 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 and provide LADOT valuable input for future Walk to School events.

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

* 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.

 

 

Optional Materials

Use this condensed Organizer Event Checklist if you still want to participate, but there is only a week until Walk to School Day! Check off each step as you complete it leading up to the event.

Download this informational guide for ideas: Making Banners, Posters, and Signs with Students.

Download these logos and insert in any original materials or flyers that you create, so everyone knows that your event is part of the citywide Walk to School Day.

 

Distribute this Kids Activity Sheet so kids can describe how the walk to school was for them.

 

Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers and parents can use the Walkability Checklist to describe their walk to school.  

Hand out stickers to record how students commute to school on a Tally Poster. Click here for tips on creating a fun Tally Poster. Cut out these Tally Poster Graphics to represent the various travel modes, or use your own.

Use this Walking School Bus First Steps Guide to talk about ongoing walking school buses at your 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

 

 

 

Contact Us

For more information on Walk to School Day, please send us your contact info through the form below, and we will be in touch.

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REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Congratulations Los Angeles!
175 Schools will be Hosting Walk to School Day
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