Santa Barbara, CA – On Wednesday, October 9th, students across Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Carpinteria will join school children around the world who are making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle by walking or bicycling to school on International Walk to School Day. All drivers are to use extra caution due to anticipation of more people arriving to school by foot, watch for parents and children walking and biking to and from school
The regional event is organized locally by COAST’s Safe Routes to School program, sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara, City of Goleta, City of Carpinteria and Measure A. Working in conjunction with school parent champions, almost every public school on the South Coast public will be participating this year, setting a new record in participation.
At each school there will be welcome tables greeting kids and parents with healthy snacks, this year including free organic Clif Kid Z Fruit Ropes, nutritional tips and school supplies for each school compliments of Clif Bar; the school’s band will be playing; and walkers and bicyclists will be eligible for donated raffle prizes.
Some schools will be organizing “walking school buses”: informal, parent-led walking groups. At Santa Barbara Junior High, the City and the SB Bike Coalition will host a free BMX stunt show for upper-grade students to enjoy by regional professional riders Team Soil, along with raffle prizes, juice and healthy snacks.
Last year, within the City of Santa Barbara 16 public schools participated in Safe Routes to School activities at some level. Last year 546 low-cost helmets were distributed to kids and parents. Fourteen (14) schools participated in either Walk to School Day or Bike to School Day or both. Five (5) schools participate in regular walk/bike to school days. Sixty-three (63) safety trainings were held at schools in the City of Santa Barbara through the Safe Routes to School program.
What is Walk to School Day?
o A global event held in early October that gives children, parents, school staff and community members an opportunity to work together to make their communities safer and more pleasant for walking.
o A collective walk to school with a purpose – to promote health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
o Walk to School Day is part of the “Encouragement” piece of the SRTS 5 E’s: Education, Engineering, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation.
Learn more about Safe Routes to School, a national program.