Are you ready to build on the success from your walk and roll events? There are many ways to create a sustainable and easy walk and roll program for your school. Active transportation is fun for kids and helps increase their learning, as well as creates healthy habits that last a lifetime. Increasing the number of children walking and bicycling, decreases traffic congestion and increases health and safety. Increasing the number of children riding the bus and carpooling will also assist with these efforts around the school, and in your community!
Engaging Students in Transportation Choices
Just as we teach our children to help with chores around the house and volunteer in the community, we are empowering our kids with lifelong skills by consciously thinking about the way they get to and from school each day. Here are ways to engage kids in transportation choices:
- Walking and rolling: Talk about how they might be able to walk or roll to school – even one day per week - by looking at your school’s preferred walk/bike route and practicing together safely. Talk about how they can adapt to the weather by making smart clothing and shoe choices. Have them find a friend to walk or roll with, or join a Walking School Bus (or start one!).
- Driving: Families who need to travel by car can join or start a carpool -- daily or one or more times per week. BSD families put 14,000 cars on the road each day traveling to and from school. One less car on the road each day brings big carbon emission savings and helps make our roads safer for all. If your student travels by car, look at your school’s preferred walk/bike map together to find a good spot to park so they can walk the last few blocks to school safely. This will reduce parking lot congestion and help build a lifetime of confidence and healthy, active choices.
- Riding the school bus: If your child is eligible for school bus transportation, talk about how it is a safe, efficient and eco-friendly way to get to school each day. Students at the high school level may choose to skip the school bus and drive their own car, but it’s worth discussing the pros and cons of this choice and seeing driving as a privilege, not a right.
- In and after school: Beaverton Safe Routes to School makes it easy for your child to learn about transportation in and after school. Talk to your school about hosting pedestrian or bike safety classes during or after school. We have lessons for teachers or we can provide the instruction – all for free. We also have lessons for student Green Teams, focusing on everything from anti-idling to carbon footprints and more.