Sep 27, 2019
By Tina Panza
Thousands of Sonoma County students at ~60 schools will gear up to walk or roll to school on Wednesday, October 2nd in celebration of the annual International Walk & Roll to School Day* and Walk and Roll to School month. This celebration will launch weekly or monthly Walk/Roll Wednesday programs at ~40 schools countywide. See a list of participating schools below.
Over 8,000 students are expected to participate in the October 2nd event, and it can be an inspiration to continue walking or rolling to school year-round. Schools may also choose to hold “Walk and Roll Wednesday” special events once a month or quarter. Holding special events more frequently keeps the momentum alive and gives families more opportunities to give active transportation a try. It also raises awareness among students and provides additional opportunities for teachers to engage students in lessons about the benefits of walking and bicycling to health, the environment, traffic reduction, and safety.
To enable families to participate together on October 2nd, many schools are organizing “meet up points” for walking school buses and bike trains. This highlights the community-building benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school. International Walk and Roll to School Day is one component of the Sonoma County Safe Routes to School program.
Jefferson Elementary, Downtown Plaza, 7:30 am (Walk & Bike) – led by Teacher Gina Wood
Sonoma Mountain Elementary - Meet at the corner of Castle Dr./Sleepy Hollow Ln, 7:30 am – (Bike Train) Parent-Led
Loma Vista Immersion Academy - Encouraging families to park and walk from the Petaluma Community Center parking lot by the new playground. (North) – on their own time
Santa Rosa French-American Charter School – ALL Bike Trains meet by 8 am, leave by 8:10.
Acre Coffee in Montgomery Village (led by teacher Boris!)
Howarth Park parking lot, near tennis courts (led by parent Michelle K))
City Garden donuts on 4th St (led by parent Adam S)
Proctor Terrace Elementary School
Meet at Talbot & 4th (Midtown Café) at 7:30, depart by 7:40 – parent-led
Meet at Grosse Ave & Pamela and walk/roll at 7:40 – parent-led
Park Side Elementary School – Meet at Ives Park, 7:30 am meet up (Walk & Bike) – Led by Police Chief & School Principal
Sebastopol Independent Charter School – Meet at Willard Libby Park, 7:30 am (Bike Train) – parent-led
Cali Calmécac Elementary School: Meet at Windsor Town Green at 7:45 am (weekly Walking School Bus meet-up!) - led by teacher Rufino Rosas
Brooks Elementary School
Windsor Town Green, 7:30 am (Bike Train) 7:50 am (Walking School Bus) – led by teacher Laurel Green
Foothill Park, 8 am (Walk & Bike) – parent/teacher-led
One student walking or bicycling to or from school just one mile, one day a week saves 100 lbs of CO2 a year – if all the students in Sonoma County were able to walk to/from school one mile/day a week, it would save 3532 tons of CO2 a year.
*The “National” International Walk and Roll to School Day event will actually occur on Wednesday, October 10th. Sonoma County is celebrating our event on the alternative date of Wednesday, October 2nd to remain consistent with the monthly “first Wednesday of the month” Walk/Roll Days mentioned above.
International Walk & Roll to School Day is produced by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Safe Routes to School Program, with support from Safe Kids Sonoma County and the Center for Climate Protection's ECO2School Program. The Sonoma County Safe Routes to School program is supported by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s One Bay Area Grant Program, Measure M, and Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program.
For more information about the Sonoma County Safe Routes to School program, go to www.sonomasaferoutes.org
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