Friday, Oct.6th is Bike-It Walk-It Day here at Roosevelt!
Please Encourage your child to have fun and join them to walk, ride a bike, skateboard, or ride a scooter to school to get some exercise, help the environment, and reduce the traffic in our community. The Santa Monica school with the highest participation will receive $250 for their PTA!
Program Goals & Benefits
The goal of the Santa Monica Safe Routes to School Program is to help families bicycle and walk to school by offering education and encouragement programs, and by improving walking and bicycling conditions near schools. This type of program has many benefits for the community, including:
- Helping children arrive at school alert and ready to learn
- Helping families establish healthy habits of daily physical activity
- Encouraging families to make walking and biking to school part of everyday life
- Teaching children the skills and knowledge they need to be safe and independent when walking or bicycling, including rules of the road, physical skills, and safety behaviors
- Helping reduce auto congestion and improve traffic safety outside our schools
- Improving air quality by reducing vehicle emissions associated with school travel
The City of Santa Monica created the Safe Routes to School program in response to growing community interest in bicycling and walking at schools, particularly in light of the impressive growth of the annual Bike It! Walk It! Days in October and May (begun in 2007 by the Samohi Solar Alliance). Community priorities expressed in the Land Use and Circulation Element and the Bike Action Plan also call for investments in active transportation for youth and families.