From 2005 to 2007, the City of Bellevue's Transportation Department conducted a pilot program designed to increase the number of children who walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school. These transportation alternatives give children an opportunity to be physically active, practice safe pedestrian and bicyclist skills, and help reduce traffic congestion near elementary schools. This page will help you create and implement a similar program for your school.
Planning a Walk to School Program
Organizing a Walk to School program can be fun and rewarding for everyone. Follow these three steps to develop a successful Walk to School program for your school.
- Plan Your Program
Walk to School Programs can range from a one-day event to a program that lasts the entire school year and includes several different events. Suggested programs/events include information campaigns, regular walking days, special assemblies and walking school buses.
- Find Partners
Try to enlist the help of school officials and community members when facilitating your event. Outside community organizations, such as Cascade Bicycle Club and Feet First, and businesses can provide support and promotional materials.
Publicize each event using flyers, posters, making announcements over the loudspeaker, and including articles in your school newsletter and/or on your school's website.