The first Wednesday in October kicks off International Walk to School Day. The rest of the month will be filled with fun, healthy walk and bike events. Join thousands of people around the world and walk or bike to school with your child this Friday!
Great News UPDATE!
The collaborative efforts of TxDOT, City of San Antonio, and Northside Independent School District has made possible the construction of much needed sidewalks around Glass Elementary and Pat Neff Middle Schools. Work on the designated Safe Route will begin in a few weeks and city officials invite the community to public hearings to learn more.
What is Safe Routes to School?Grant monies that help schools and communities build safe routes to schools were awarded to Neff Middle School, Glass, Glenoaks, and Powell Elementary schools. The program is supported by TxDOT and includes infrastructure projects for sidewalks at Neff and Glass. All schools will see improvements to crosswalks and traffic signage. Funds are also available for school participation in non-infrastructure activities such as bike rodeos, walking activities and poster contests. Safety presentations will be included with a walking and biking curriculum. When kids can walk and bike to school safely, they’ll be healthier and happier.
The mission of Safe Routes to Schools is to increase the number of children walking and biking to school. To be successful -schools, communities, local government and especially parents need to work closely to create a healthy lifestyle for children—and a safer and cleaner environment for everyone. The program consists of 5 areas:
- Encouragement – Events, contests and promotional materials offer incentives that encourage children and parents to try walking and biking. Help your child practice safe walking and biking skills. Participate in scheduled bike and walk events.
- Education – Safety lessons in physical education class teach children the skills necessary to navigate through busy streets and persuade them to be active participants in the program. Access the NISD website and review safety tips with your child.
- Evaluation - Success must be measured. Surveys and questionnaires will help target needed changes.
- Engineering – Through the grant, physical barriers that prohibit children from safely navigating routes to schools will be improved. Remind children to always be alert!
- Enforcement – Law enforcement or police presence around schools is not always avalilable. Model safe behaviors and reinforce safety rules for children to follow. Children who walk/bike to school safely become better drivers as teenagers.
. More about safe routes to schools - NISD - SRTS Stakeholder's information.