Oregon’s Walk, Bike + Roll program is coordinated by The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance). Partnering with Safe Routes to School programs, across Oregon, we encourage children, youth and families to use safe, active transportation to get to and from school and around their communities throughout the year.
What happened to Walk+Bike? Nothing. That program evolved into Walk+Roll. Some kids walk; some bike; some scooter, skate, or roll in wheelchairs and other alternative mobility devices. To be more inclusive, we expanded our program into Walk+Roll. Two statewide Walk, Bike + Roll events take place each year.
This free, statewide event is a friendly competition that encourages students to walk, bike and roll to school for the entire month of May. During the Challenge, school coordinators track the number of students biking, walking, skating and scootering to school throughout the month. At the end of the Challenge, prizes go to the schools who log the most biking trips, most walking trips, and most rolling trips; largest total number of students walking, biking and rolling; and highest percentage of students (out of the total school population) walking, biking and rolling.
Nationwide, since the 1970s, the rate of kids biking, walking or rolling to school has been declining, while the risks to kids’ physical health and well-being associated with inactivity have risen. But in Portland, the percentage of kids walking, biking or rolling to school has risen from 28% in 2006 to 41% in 2013.
This free, international event is held on the first Wednesday of October each year. Register your school to receive information and incentives on how to participate in this fun and visible event. Many more events, activities, trainings and development opportunities also occur.
This year’s Walk+Roll to School Day is Wednesday, October 4th 2017. 2017 registration will open in June. Sign up for the Safe Routes to School Network to receive updates on all things Safe Routes to School and Walk+Roll.