There are many ways to get involved with an active Safe Routes program in your community. One of the easiest and most effective ways to get the movement started is to participate in Walk to School Day in October, and Bike to School Day in May.
Walk to School Day 2020 is scheduled for October 7 and Bike to School Day 2021 is scheduled for May 5. Mark your Calendars! National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.
The Walking School Bus program is designed to allow a group of children to walk (or bike) to school together safely under adult supervision. What started as a widely accepted practice in England and New Zealand has now become a fast growing program in many U.S. cities.
This program gives children a consistent and safe system to walk to school, which is a common mode of transportation in many Alaska communities. Although it is partially designed to encourage more children to walk to school who usually do not, it also increases the safety of students who already walk, as there is safety in numbers.
A bike rodeo is a one-day event that teaches kids the necessary practices to safely ride a bike. Often organized by local law enforcement agencies, school officials, and other interested community members, these events give children a safe chance to practice proper signaling, braking, and maneuvering skills that are necessary for safely riding a bicycle on a street. Grant funds are available for this event.