Walking School Buses
iWALK School Buses help kids get exercise on the way to or from school.
They also help reduce school traffic during pick-up and drop-off time.
Any volunteer leader can organize a walking school bus in their neighborhood.
Then pick a day of the week when you'll walk to school, picking up
the neighborhood kids as you go. It's like a school bus on foot! How
many will your school have?
Click here for the walking school bus starter kit.
Walking School Buses are popping up across Sonoma County. We hear it's
great for the mind (fresh air), body (exercise) and spirit (it's a
social thing!). Plus, the iWALK School Bus does wonders for traffic outside
the school since more kids are walking to school! Congratulations to these
schools where students and parent leaders are committed to biking or walking
to school regularly:
- Kawana Elementary
- Meadowview Elementary
- Roseland Accelerated Middle School
- Roseland Elementary
- Sheppard Elementary
- Brook Haven Elementary
- Parkside Elementary
- Pine Crest Elementary
- Sebastopol Independent Charter School
We'd like to hear about where other walking school buses are popping
up around the county. The first 50 walking school buses to register with
iWALK will receive an iWALK backpack and zipper pulls for the kids.
Safe Routes to School
Brisk walking and bicycling helps kids get needed physical activity and
has been shown to improve school performance. The Safe Routes to School
(SRTS) program promotes walking and biking to school through education
and encouragement activities. It also addresses safety concerns by coordinating
with law enforcement and public works agencies, educating students and
the community, and exploring ways to create safer routes to school.
Health Action believes that a healthy community is one where children can
safely walk or ride their bike to school. In collaboration with Healthy
By Design, Health Action formed a Countywide SRTS Workgroup to engage
in comprehensive program planning and sustainable fund development for
a countywide SRTS program.
If you would like to learn about current SRTS activities around the county
or start a SRTS program at your school, please visit the
Sonoma County Safe Routes to School website.