Sonoma County Safe Routes to School Program

Teaching kids hand signals at the Roseland School District Community Bicycle Rodeo - May 2013.
Getting ready to roll at the Miwok Elementary School 4th grade bicycle rodeo.
Aerial view of "Safetyville" course at Miwok Elementary School 4th grade bicycle rodeo.
Miwok Elementary students riding on the "Super Slalom" course where they practice controlling their bicycle, yielding, and using peripheral vision.
Miowk Elementary students getting ready to practice balancing, stopping and starting on the Turtle Race course.
Students at Proctor Terrace Elementary Bicycle Rodeo
Students at Proctor Terrace Elementary Bicycle Rodeo
Student enjoying himself at Proctor Terrace Elementary Bicycle Rodeo
Student giving the "thumbs up" at Proctor Terrace Elementary Bicycle Rodeo

Record International Walk & Roll to School Day Turn Out


Over 12,000 students participated in Sonoma County's 2014 International Walk & Roll to School Day event - a record turnout!

Our bicycling/rolling numbers significantly increased this year as well. Many schools encouraged cycling by organizing "Bike Trains" or bicycling meet-up points. At Brooks Elementary in Windsor, 64 students bicycled to school - the majority of them meeting and bicycling together from the Windsor Town Green, along with PE Teacher Laurel Green and several parent volunteers. At Sonoma Mountain Elementary in Petaluma, 114 students bicycled from a meet-up point via a cycling path to school. Five schools reported more than 75 bicyclists/rollers, including Hahn Elementary in Rohnert Park (101), Prestwood in Sonoma (100), Healdsburg Elementary (100), Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts (82) and Washington School in Cloverdale (77). Another seven schools reported more than 50 bicyclists/rollers: Monte Vista Elementary (73), Madrone Elementary (69), St. Francis Solano in Sonoma (64), Elsie Allen High School (60), Santa Rosa French American Charter School (60), Proctor Terrace Elementary (60), JX Wilson Elementary in Santa Rosa (54), and Windsor Middle School (53).

Of course, International Walk & Roll to School Day isn't just about bicycling. Thousands of students walked to school, some in large "Walking School Bus" groups, some with parents or on their own. At Saint John the Baptist School in Healdsburg, students met at the park and were encouraged to wear funny hats. They carried their school flag and awarded a prize to the class with the highest participation.  Approximately 36% of Sonoma County students at participating schools either walked or rolled to school on October 8th, with seventeen schools reporting over 50% participation. Lincoln Elementary School in Santa Rosa had the highest percentage participation at 96%.

Whether students bicycled, walked, scootered, or skateboarded, kids across Sonoma County were smiling, enjoying the beautiful Fall weather, getting exercise, and decreasing their carbon footprint on the earth. If participating students walked or rolled an average of one mile each to/from school on October 8th, we prevented over 23,000 pounds of CO2 emissions from going into the atmosphere and saved or received benefits of over $108,000.00!*



Here are a couple more things we think you should know:

1) Did you have a Walk & Roll to School Day without registering through There's still time! If your school participated, we want to hear about it so we can have an accurate count of all the participants in Sonoma County. So, if you didn't already do so, please report your school participation to

2) Keep encouraging active and alternative transportation this school year! well as educating your students about how to do so safely. Resources & consulting are available through the Sonoma County Safe Routes to School program if you are a K-8 school or through the EC02School program if you are a High School - contact for more information.


Register for International Walk & Roll to School Day!

International Walk and Roll to School Day is Wednesday, October 8th 2014

Click HERE to register for Sonoma County's Event (no later than Friday 9/12/14)

Click HERE to report your event participation numbers (no later than Friday 10/10/14)



  1. Walk and Roll to School Day Guidebook:

    The guidebook provides a suggested timeline, tips, and suggestions
    for organizing your event. Your event can be as simple as sending home a
    flyer, making announcements, and setting up a welcome table in front of
    the school – or you can take it even farther and involve kids in
    promoting the event, other parents, and the community. Note: If you are
    interested in any of the other guidebooks/templates referred to in the
    Walk/Roll guidebook, please email to request a copy. Spanish versions of all our guidebooks are also available by request.

  2. 2014 Customizeable Black & White Flyers: English (.doc) Spanish (.doc) English (.PDF) Spanish (.PDF)

    Feel free to modify/customize the 2014 flyer for your specific school needs (customize-able version works best if you have a PC. PDF recommended for Mac users). Additional flyer templates are available if you would like your flyer to include more information, such as “reasons to walk/bike,” suggested meeting points, etc. To request additional templates, please email

  3. IWalk/Roll Day 2014 Color Poster (11x17 PDF Eng w/date), (11x17 PDF, Span w/date), (11x17 PDF, Eng/no date), (11x17 PDF, Span/no date)

    Each site that registered by Friday, September 12th will receive a
    supply of printed (English) posters in mid-September. However, whether or not your
    site registered, you may distribute the attached electronic version of
    the poster electronically, print more copies yourselves, etc. Note: If you are celebrating your event on a date OTHER than October 8th, email to request a printed version of the poster where you can fill in your own date.

Donation Letter Template (.doc)

May be used to request donations from local businesses for healthy snacks, beverages, or even additional raffle prizes.

Schools that register before Friday, September 12th will
be receiving a supply of pencils & stickers in addition to the
posters. Prizes will be delivered by Wednesday, September 24th. If you
registered and do not receive your prizes by 9/24, please contact us.


Family Bicycling Workshops!

Families are invited to learn how to ride together in a safe and fun way at our FREE Family Bicycling Workshops.

Fun games and a neighborhood ride! Test ride Yuba cargo bikes!
Kids receive a free blinky light! Join the Bicycle Coalition’s Safe Routes to School program certified
cycling instructors for a fun workshop for parents and kids. Children
must be able to ride a bike and ready to take to the road with their
parents. Parents are allowed to trail their children in trailers or
child seats too. Children and parents must participate in the clinic
together and bring their own bikes and helmets.
Register early, space is limited!

Sign up here!

Workshops are from 10:00am-12:30pm

Sat. July 19th in Sonoma
Sat. August 30th in Petaluma
Sat. Sept. 13th in Healdsburg
Sat Oct. 18th in Santa Rosa

See our instructors here.

Winners of 2014 "I Love Walk & Roll to School" Poetry/Essay Contest

Close to 100 students entered the 2nd annual Sonoma County Safe Routes to School “I Love Walk & Roll to School Essay/Poetry contest, hosted by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.

Students were to describe in a 250-350 word essay why they love to walk or bike to school,or capture in a poem the spirit of why they love walking & rolling to school. Entries were judged on originality, creativity, relevance, and ability to clearly capture the spirit of their love of walking & rolling to school. 

Two grand prize winners will receive a bicycle from Trek Bicycle Store in Santa Rosa, six runner-ups will receive $20.00 Copperfield’s Bookstore Gift Cards, and twenty honorable mentions will receive $5.00 Jamba Juice Gift cards.  Winners, runner-ups, and honorable mention students were invited to a reception at the Trek Bicycle Store in Santa Rosa on April 17th at 6:30pm, where certificates and prizes were distributed and students had the opportunity to read or have their entry read aloud.  An article about the contest and the reception appeared in the Press Democrat's Live Well Blog on April 21st.

Prizes were donated by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Youth Spare the Air Program.



Nolan Hosbein, 5th Grade, Sonoma Mountain Charter School in Petaluma

Essay: “Rollin’ Nolan”

Camilla Pereira, 5th grade, Meadow Elementary School in Petaluma

Poem: “Walking to School”



Max Linowski, 5th grade, Cali Calmecac Language Academy

Essay: "Boy's Morning Out"

Cameron Heid, 6th grade, Corona Creek Elementary

Essay: "The Walk Around Earth"

Violet Wang, 5th grade, Meadow Elementary

Essay: "Preserving Nature's Beauty"

Cole Becker, 4th Grade, Meadow Elementary

Poem: "Walk and Roll"

Emma Simon, 6th Grade, Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter

Poem: "Walking to School is Really Cool"

Isabella Sanders-Nyiri, 5th Grade, Strawberry Elementary

Poem: "Walk & Roll"



Tory Cain, 4th Grade, Meadow Elementary School, Essay, "Walking to Waugh"

Marcos Cardona, 6th Grade, Miwok Valley Language Academy, Essay, "Walking or Rolling to School"

Jaden Gragg, 4th Grade, Monte Vista Elementary, Essay, "Walk and Roll"

Nick Petersen, 4th Grade, Monte Vista Elementary, Essay, "Save the Earth"

Cameron Duran, 4th Grade, Monte Vista Elementary, Essay, "Why I Like Walk and Roll"

Kyla Mast, 4th Grade, Monte Vista Elementary, Essay, "Monte Vista Walk and Roll to School"

Lizbeth Castillo, 6th Grade, Robert L. Stevens Elementary, Essay, "Every Foot Step Counts"

Leslie Cruz, 6th Grade, Roseland Elementary, Essay, "Walk and Roll"

Alberto Mariscal, 6th Grade, Roseland Elementary, Essay, "Walk and Roll is Awesome!"

Anahi Flores, 6th Grade, Roseland Elementary, Essay, "Walk and Roll"

Judah Gallup, 5th Grade, Cali Calmecac Language Academy, Poem, "The Meaning of Walk and Roll"

Carson Hay, 5th Grade, Mark West Elementary, Poem, "Walk and Roll Song"

Hudson Naber, 4th Grade, Meadow, Poem, "Walk and Roll"

Vera Carte, 5th Grade, Miwok Valley Language Academy, Poem, "Riding to School"

Bethlehem Messele, 5th Grade, Miwok Valley Language Academy, Poem, "Walk and Roll Day"

Annie Skoff, 5th Grade, Monte Vista Elementary, Poem, "Walk and Roll"

Anthony Soper, 6th Grade, Miwok Valley Language Academy, Poem, "Walk and Roll"

Victoria Vargas, 6th Grade, Robert L Stevens Elementary, Poem, "Walk and Roll to School"

Gabe Gonzalez, 6th Grade, Roseland Elementary, Poem, "Demonstration for Our Nation"

Haley R. Espinal-Gomez, 6th Grade, Roseland Elementary, Poem, "Lets Walk and Roll to School Today"


2nd Annual I Love Walk & Roll to School Poetry/Essay Contest!

For Sonoma County Students in Grades 4, 5 & 6




Describe in a 250-350 word essay why you love walking and/or rolling to school.


Capture, in a poem, the spirit of why you love walking and/or rolling to school.


  • Essay/poem may be typed or written in ink (no pencil please).
  • Your essay or poem must have a title
  • Label entry with first and last name, grade, teacher, and school name
  • One submission per person


Essays will be judged for ability to express enthusiasm for walk & roll, and also on creativity and originality.


  • 2 Grand Prize Winners will receive a brand new bicycle from the Trek Bicycle Store and a helmet (one winning essay, one winning poem)
  • 4  Runners Up will receive $20.00 Copperfield’s Bookstore Gift Cards
  • 20 Honorable Mentions will receive $5.00 Jamba Juice Gift Cards
  • All of the above invited to award ceremony at Trek Bicycle Store (date TBD)


Mail entries to:  Attention SRTS Essay/Poetry Contest, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, PO Box 3088, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-3088

Email entries to:

Essays/poems must be submitted by Friday 2/28/14


Winners Announced in March, Winners & Runners Up will be published on website, Grand Prize winners will be published in the Sonoma Family Life Magazine


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