Nicholas Elementary School
Nicholas Elementary School launched Safe Routes to School programming during the 2018/2019 school year out of community concern for student safety. Since launch, WALKSacramento has engaged community parnters, neighbors, and students in safety education, walking school bus programs, and more!
Walk Audit Report
Walk audits are community feedback and data gathering events where participants analyze current conditions and opportunities for improvement. Participants included Nicholas Elementary administrative staff and parents, community members, County of Sacramento DOT Staff, WALKSacramento staff, and representatives from District 2 Board Supervisor Patrick Kennedy’s office. The Walk Audit report summarizes findings from the walk audit event and travel behaviors at the school.
Pick-up / Drop-off Procedures Map
Pick-up and Drop-off procedures maps are designed to support school policies regarding traffic plans during peak morning and afternoon times.
Maps are adapted into school policy handbooks and support school-wide understanding of safe traffic behaviors for drivers, walkers, and bikers.
Safe Walking and Biking Map
Safe Walking and Biking maps provide opportunities for school staff and families to have conversations with students about the best routes to walk and bike to school along with where students need to be extra alert.
Monthly Walking School Bus
A group of parents at Nicholas Elementary initiated a monthly walking school bus from Sky Park, located about half a mile from the school. The walking school bus started meeting in January 2019 and consistently met each month through the end of the school year. WALKSacramento provided resources to support the program as well as punch cards and other incentive prizes to encourage participation.
About five families met to walk to school together each month from January through May.
Students received keychain charms for each time they participated.
Parents leaders promoted the program to other families.
Bike Skills Course
WALKSacramento hosted a bike skills course at Nicholas Elementary for students to learn and practice safe bike riding skills. In the morning, students biked to school for Bike to School Day and then brought their bikes to the skills course after school. Students practiced basic balance techniques, hand signals, and advanced turn movements.
Over 50 students and parents participated in this family-friendly event.
Each student received a free bike tune-up provided by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.
Free helmet fittings were conducted by Sacramento City Police Department and Safe Kids Greater Sacramento. Free helmets were given to students who did not have one.