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KidsWalk-to-School: A Guide to Promote Walking to School

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KidsWalk-To-School: A Guide to Promote Walking to School  
(PDF - 620K)

This guide is a resource to help communities develop and implement a year-long walk-to-school initiative. The guide comes complete with
  • A step-by-step checklist
  • KidsWalk-to-School tools, including sample letters, surveys, evaluations, and a press release form
  • Safety tips on walking, biking, school bus safety, and stranger danger tips
  • Ideas to make walking to school an active and exciting part of a child's day.

To download only specific chapters of the guide, see the table of contents below.

To obtain a printed copy of the KidsWalk-to-School guide, you can order the guide online.



Drawing of Max's faceTable of Contents

KidsWalk-to-School: A Guide to Promote Walking to School

(PDF - 311K)
 Check out the introduction of the KidsWalk-to-School guide to find out why children aren't walking as much as they used to, why it is important for children to walk to school, and how KidsWalk-to-School can help to make walking to school a safe, active, and enjoyable part of a child’s day.
(This section also includes the guide cover, title page, acknowledgements, and table of contents.)


Meet Max
(PDF - 43K)
 Your introduction to the friendly face of the KidsWalk-to-School program. Come meet Max, he and his dad walk to school each day with seven of his neighborhood friends.


Checklist: Organize a KidsWalk-to-School Program in Your Neighborhood
(PDF - 12K)
 Download this 2-page step-by-step checklist and make photocopies for other community members as an overview of the steps to take when developing your KidsWalk-to-School program. Each step is described in more detail in the next section of the guide.


Step-by-Step: How to Organize a KidsWalk-to-School Program in Your Neighborhood
(PDF - 319K)
 This section guides you through the processes of developing a safe, active, and fun KidsWalk-to-School program in your neighborhood. The section is full of helpful suggestions and stories about how other communities have been able to be successful in their neighborhoods. Be creative and design the program to fit the particular needs of your neighborhood.


Program Variations: Making KidsWalk-to-School Fit in Your Community
(PDF - 71K)
 Check out this section for great ways to tailor the program to fit the needs of your community. Also included are ideas to help communities participate even when walking to school is not feasible because the children live too far from school or the neighborhood is not safe enough for children to walk.


Having Fun: Ideas to Generate Children’s Enthusiasm  
(PDF - 103K)
 Walking to school is a way for children to learn about the environment, their health, and safety. You can encourage this learning by incorporating fun activities into the journey to and from school and into classroom activities.


Working with the Media
(PDF - 41K)
 The media is a great way to encourage more involvement in the KidsWalk-to-School program. Check out this section to see how you can get the media involved in your program.


Working With Elected Officials
(PDF - 10K)
 Elected officials such as congressman and school board members can be helpful when planning your walk-to-school program and getting policies in place to make walking to school safer and more accessible. This section has helpful hints on working with elected officials.


Promoting KidsWalk-to-School through Policies
(PDF - 11K)

Policies that support the accommodation of pedestrians and bicyclists will be useful in your community's efforts to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and viable transportation option.


Funding for KidsWalk-to-School Programs
(PDF - 8K)
 KidsWalk-to-School is intended to be a cost-free program; however, improving the pedestrian environment generally will require funding. 


Safety Tips
(PDF - 73K)

• Walking Safety
• Bicycling Safety
• School Bus Safety
• Stranger Danger Safety
• Traffic Calming


Resources (PDF - 34K)
 The Resources section of the KidsWalk-to-School guide is an excellent directory of organizations that promote physical activity, pedestrian and bicycle safety, healthy environments, crime prevention, walking and biking, the design of healthy, walkable communities, and walk-to-school programs.


Appendix: KidsWalk-to-School Tools
(PDF - 36K)

No two schools or communities are alike. That’s why the KidsWalk-to-School program encourages you to tailor the program to the needs and resources of your neighborhood. Use these tools to help you implement and evaluate your program; alter them to fit your community's needs.

Tool A: KidsWalk-to-School Introduction Letter

Tool B: Walk-to-School Survey

Tool C:  Walkable Routes to School Survey

Tool D: Parental Consent Form

Tool E: Press Release

Tool F: KidsWalk-to-School Participant Evaluation




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