Safe Routes to School programs often start with encouragement programs that are meant to get people to try walking or biking to school. Starting with a simple fun event that builds interest and enthusiasm. It will attract attention and support for more activities, more people and and ultimately, behaviour change. As a parent, you may want to consult this flyer from ODOT to determine if your child is ready to travel to school on their own.
Ready to Start? Check our brochure and hints below.
Talk to your principal: Identify interested staff, parents, community members. Hint: talking points.
Invite others to join you. Hint: friends, neighbors, sample school team.
Map and post route/times. Hint: google maps + pre walk route and record times, making maps.
Host a Walking School Bus. Hint: start with one to measure interest.
Celebrate and share success Hint: invite and share story with press, school board and others, sample press release.