Walk & Roll

Every day is an adventure.

Walking to school is not only a great way to “wake up” young minds and wind down after a busy day of learning, it’s a fun way to discover your local community.

Safety Tips

Avoid walking in the streets. Use sidewalks or walking paths wherever possible.

No “jaywalking.” The safest place to cross streets is at crosswalks and corners.

Look both ways and stay alert. Check for moving cars at driveways and intersections.

Photo: Robin Allen

Helpful information on walking to school, for parents and families:

Digital Transportation Guide

Check out our new, mobile-friendly transportation resource guide to help make the school commute less stressful and more fun! The guide provides information on walking, biking, taking transit, and carpooling.
View the guide in English, Spanish, or Chinese.

Learn How to Start a Walking School Bus (PDF)

A walking school bus is a wonderful way to get a group of kids to school safely - and it’s really easy to organize.

1. Invite Families Who Live Nearby

Even those who live outside the immediate neighborhood can drive in and park near the meeting point and join the walk from there.

2. Pick A Route and Try It Out

The best route isn’t always the most direct. Find a way to avoid busy streets, aggressive dogs, construction zones, or anything else that doesn’t feel safe.

3. Set Your schedule

Pick a departure point and time that works for everyone. Decide if your walk will be daily, weekly, or monthly. Be safe and enjoy the walk!

For school staff:

Contests

Encouragement activities make it fun for students to walk or bike to school!

Frequent Rider Miles Guidebook (PDF)

The Golden Sneaker Award (PDF)

Evaluation Tools

SF Safe Routes to School works in partnership with SF Unified School District to collect meaningful data about student commutes.

Back to School Safety Tips from VisionZero SF (PDF)

Identifying Barriers and Developing Solutions to Provide a Safer Route to School (PDF)