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Support better biking, walking and transit 


An average of nearly 125,000 daily bike trips are taken in Chicago, most of which — nearly 91,000 — are errand-related trips like going to the store or the library.

For Parents & Teachers

Parents, teachers and community members can support Safe Routes to School at home and at school with these events, resources and partner programs.


Walk and Roll to School Day

Energize your school by participating in this international event. Each year on the first Wednesday in October, millions of students and their families are reminded of the simple joys of walking or biking to school. Use this day as an opportunity to focus on the benefits of physically active travel and the importance of safety, air quality and walkable communities.

If your school is celebrating Walk and Roll to School Day, register your event with the National Center for Safe Routes to School. When you register, you’ll have access to free resources, and other schools can learn about the great activities happening at your school.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

This day provides an opportunity to thank your crossing guards for keeping people who walk safe each day. In Illinois, Crossing Guard Appreciation Day (WILL NEED NEW LINK) takes place on the first Tuesday of May. As a gesture of gratitude for crossing guards, you may have your child draw a picture or write a poem. You could also buy your crossing guard a cup of coffee or ask your local government to adopt a resolution.


Active Transportation Alliance Programs

Better Blocks

Better Blocks works with schools, parks and block clubs helping them use various city resources to eliminate barriers to walking, biking and public transit. Selected partner groups may ask for a Better Blocks consultation that includes a presentation and specific strategies for making changes to your built environment.

Complete Streets

Complete Streets is a national movement to create streets that are accessible to all users, regardless of their age or ability. Communities with Complete Streets are more likely to have schools that are pedestrian- and bike-friendly.

Education Programs

Discover tools that empower children and adults to use active transportation safely and responsibly. The Active Transportation Alliance education team offers programs, curricula, presentations and on-bike workshops for people of all ages.

Safe Routes to School Partners

Visit the websites below for more information about the Safe Routes to School movement.

Illinois Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School

National Center for Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Schools Changing Transportation: Local Leaders Guide 

Be an advocate on behalf school policies, (WILL NEED NEW LINK) programs and infrastructure that will increase student and employee walking, biking and transit options. This step-by-step guide (PDF) helps school boards, local school councils and parent groups identify obstacles to active transportation and determine solutions. The guide covers topics like implementation options, funding opportunities and outreach tools. Active Transportation Alliance staff may be available to provide support with your work.

Click to learn more about School Policy or find other ways to Get Involved with Safe Routes to School work.