WALKSacramento contracted with the Natomas Unified School District to finish the implementation of a Safe Routes to School project. The project aimed at increasing walking and biking to school at all elementary and middle schools in the Natomas Unified School District. Through education, encouragement, and volunteer development, WALKSacramento aims to create a sustainable Safe Routes to School culture that will persist after the grant period ends.
Project highlights include:
The Leroy Greene Academy Bicycle Club, in which middle school students can learn traffic safety and bicycle handling skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Bicycle Club members meet twice a month on campus and participate in a monthly bicycle-themed outing.
Bannon Creek Elementary’s Walking Wednesday, which started in 2007, is still going strong today. WALKSacramento supports parent volunteers with flyers, safety information, and monthly prizes to distribute to students who walk to school.
WALKtober 2013 was celebrated in style at Two Rivers Elementary with Wacky Walking Wednesdays. Students walked to school to earn prizes for their wacky themed clothing ever Wednesday in Walktober.
WALKSacramento and Safe Routes partner North Natomas Transportation Management Association have worked with North Natomas schools for many years, providing in-depth pedestrian and bicycle education to all fourth and fifth graders, administering several walking school buses, and holding May is Bike Month celebrations. WALKSacramento worked with the school district to develop a plan to sustain the program after the SRTS grant funding ended in mid-2014.