Use this Walk 'N Roll punch card as an incentive to get kids to walk to school regularly. Each day they walk or bike to school, or on designated walking days, punch one of the spots on the card to log their walking. When they've punched each of the spots on the card, award them with a prize such as a pencil, balloon, ice cream gift certificate, etc. Allow kids who cannot walk to school to earn punches by walking at recess.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School does not have an image library. However, if you are interested in images of children walking and bicycling to school please visit the International Walk to School Day photo library at IWalk.org. Here you will find hundreds of images searchable by county, region, city and year.
A walking school bus offers many benefits to different community members. Below are some of the possible ways that children, adults, the school and the broader community can all profit.
Information and resources on the walking school bus including example programs, how-to guides, and sample consent forms, evaluation forms and parent survey are available in the Resource section of the Walking School Bus: Combining Safety, Fun and Walk to School.
A variation on the walking school bus is a bicycle train where a group of children and adult leaders ride together to school.
A bicycle train offers a safe, fun way to ride as a group. Because of the equipment involved and the potential need to ride on a road, planning and conducting a bicycle train is more involved than having a walking school bus. Basic considerations are outlined below.
For adequate adult supervision, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend:
A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults along a pre-planned route to school. A variation on the walking school bus is a bicycle train where a group of children and adult leaders ride together to school.
Yes. The Walking School Bus: Combining Safety, Fun and Walk to School is a guide intended for parents, teachers, public health educators, bicycle clubs, Safe Route to School coordinators, law enforcement officers and others who care about increasing the number of children who walk and bicycle to school in a safe manner. Any one or combination of these individuals can lead a walking school bus program.
According to their Web site, PEDS provides Slow Down fans to schools participating in KidsWalk, an Atlanta-based pedestrian safety campaign. Use this template to print your own PEDS Slow Down Fans. Very popular with the kids, these fans send a clear message to drivers and keep you cool, too. Kids love to wave these fans at passing cars, that is, if they can ever get them out of their parents' hands.