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International Walk to School Day:
October 9, 2013
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October. Today, thousands of schools across America from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participate every October. Many Virginia schools traditionally participate in International Walk to School Day. One hundred fourteen schools registered their event in 2012.
Start planning for your school’s 2013 Walk to School Day event now – then register the event and be counted among Virginia’s participating schools, at walkbiketoschool.org. Registering your event also gives you access to many event resources available on the walkbiketoschool.org website, including online route-mapping.
Virginia-specific materials are available on our Marketing toolkit and Starter kit landing pages. You can also call the Virginia SRTS program hotline, or contact the Local Technical Assistance Coordinator serving your region for more information. See our Contact Us page for details.
Student Travel Tally Week, September 16 – 20, 2013
Student Travel Tally Week is the time each school year when schools count how students travel to school. The count occurs at the beginning of the school day on two days with a simple show of hands by students. Evaluation is one the most important elements of any safe routes to school program because it measures the most basic success of the program – the number of students walking and biking to school.
Who should participate in Student Travel Tally Week?
All schools are encouraged to participate, regardless of whether you have a SRTS program, are about to start one, or plan to apply for SRTS funding this fall. Participating provides you with some great information and helps us know how students get to school throughout the Commonwealth.
You may have completed a student travel tally form as part of a School Travel Plan. If so, you have an idea of the effect of your safe routes to school program on walking and biking rates.
If the week of September 16 is not convenient for your school, data can be collected anytime during the month of September and it will still be within the spirit of the event. Just make sure that the data is collected during two days within the same week, as per the guidance of the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
How does it work?
Participating in Student Travel Tally Week takes a couple of hours for someone to organize and about 5 minutes for the teacher to complete at the beginning of the school day on two days during the week. It involves three simple planning steps to be ready:
- Contact us to let us know that you plan to participate. If you’re not sure about the process, we can answer your questions and talk you through the process. We’ll also provide you with the link to the online form for entering tallies from each classroom.
- Work with your school administrators to get approval, identify the best days to complete the tallies. Gather all the materials you’ll need, including materials to promote STTW at school provided on the new Student Travel Tally Week page.
- Tell teachers about it. Use the Student Travel Tally Learn it. Do it. Live it. tip sheet to instruct teachers how to collect the data. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes during daily attendance-taking routines.
Each day you collect student travel to/from school information, teachers will record the information. They can either enter tally information in the online form, or forward to your school’s STTW coordinator to enter online using a paper form.
More information is available on the new Student Travel Tally Week page.
Contact the Virginia SRTS program hotline or email us for a walk-through of the process.
- Hotline: 1-855-601-7787
- Email us at info@VirginiaSRTS.org
The Virginia Safe Routes to School Newsletter is a great way to keep abreast of the latest SRTS developments in Virginia.
Each newsletter includes a calendar of upcoming events and features articles addressing such issues as SRTS grant opportunities and SRTS program implementation.
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- October 2013 (2.4 MB)
- Special edition: July 2013 (2.5 MB)
- April 2013 (2.5 MB)
- February 2013 (3 MB)
- December 2012 (2.5 MB)
- October 2012 (1.8 MB)
- September 2012 (1 MB)
- April 2012 (1 MB)
- January 2012 (1 MB)
- December 2011 (1 MB)
- Special edition: International Walk to School Day - Oct. 5, 2011 (720 KB)
- Special edition, part 2 (704 KB)
- July 2011 (1.5 MB)
- June 2011 (2 MB)
- May 2011 (1 MB)
- April 2011 (1.8 MB)
- March 2011 (475 KB)