Streetfilms: Walk to School Day in San Francisco

A generation ago, nearly half of all U.S. kids walked or bicycled to
school. Today, less than fifteen percent do, with the majority arriving
at school in private automobiles. It’s no coincidence, then, that
studies show more than a quarter of San Francisco’s children are
overweight. But a new program hopes to change that trend, while reducing greenhouse
gas pollution and increasing fun.

With the help of a $500,000 grant from the federal government, San
Francisco has launched its own “Safe Routes to Schools” program, aimed at
encouraging students and parents to walk or bike to school.

At Longfellow Elementary last Wednesday, October 7th, students joined
on a “walking school bus.” Although the date was part of
International Walk to School Day, organizers plan group walks to
school every Wednesday—with the ultimate goal of walking to school
every day.


Longfellow Elementary Students Celebrate Walk to School Day

Longfellow Elementary students make signs celebrating Walk to School Day. Photo: Jason Serafino-Agar At an early morning rally before school started today, students from San Francisco’s Longfellow Elementary School in the Excelsior district gathered to celebrate Walk to School Day and the launch of the Safe Routes to School program. While the adults present may […]

Safe Routes to School Launch + Walk to School Day

"Special morning ralley at Longfellow Elementary School with parents, teachers, pedestrian advocates and elected officials. Parents and students will be taking to the sidewalks and forming ‘walking school buses’ all across the city when SF schools celebrate Walk to School Day, Oct. 7th. Walk to School Day is also the kick off for a new […]

A Walk & Roll to School Day Event in San Francisco

Yesterday some 13,000 San Francisco children at 95 schools walked–and in some cases rolled in wheelchairs–to school as part of the 20th annual Walk-to-School Day (now called “Walk-and-Roll-to-School Day,” at least locally). The event is intended to encourage kids to walk to school and spend more time walking and playing outside. This is part of a global […]