County-wide Events

County-wide Events

At a Glance

The San Mateo County Office of Education supports four County-wide events, which include International Walk to School Day, a Golden Sneaker Contest, Earth Day and National Bike to School Day. More information about these events and about hosting ongoing school based encouragement events is included below. If you’d like help coordinating an encouragement event at your school, contact us or any of the San Mateo County Education Support Providers. To support agencies hosting events serving San Mateo County children, the San Mateo County Office of Education has a bike blender available for check out.

2018-2019 Events

International Walk to School Day, October 10, 2018

International Walk to School Day (IWTSD) is a global event involving children walking and biking to school. In 2012, 91 San Mateo County Schools participated in International Walk to School Day. In 2013, 95 San Mateo County Schools held International Walk to School Day events.

Interested in hosting an event at your school? Sign up to receive free resources - tvkelly@smcoe.org

Please share your event participation data.

Click HERE for the 2018 International Walk to School Day Toolkit.

Why Walking Matters and How to Lead a Walk Audit, October 17, 2018

Please join San Mateo County Office of Education Safe Routes to School and San Mateo County Health Policy and Planning on October 17 for an informative talk and walk audit training session with Mark Fenton* on the importance of schools, cities and community members joining forces to create safe routes to school. This is an excellent opportunity for schools and cities to collaborate on prioritizing active transportation. A walkable community is a prosperous and healthy community! Click HERE for the flyer and registration link.

Intended audience for this session: School and district administration, city public works and planning, elected officials, public health, traffic engineers, law enforcement, elected officials and Safe Routes to School partners and parents.

*Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning and transportation consultant and is one of the country's foremost experts on designing walkable, healthy communities. Mark is the former host of the America’s Walking series on PBS and is an adjunct associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy at Tufts University.

 Golden Sneaker, February 2019 - March 2019

Golden Sneaker Events are a fun way to get children and families walking to school! With this event, students track the number of times they bike, walk, carpool or use transit as a means of getting to school. The classroom with the greatest participation rate earns a coveted Golden Sneaker Award.

While events may be held at anytime, the formal San Mateo County Golden Sneaker Competition is held during the last week of February and first week of March.

Interested in hosting an event at your school? Sign up to receive free resources - tvkelly@smcoe.org

Please share your event participation data.

Earth Day, Week of April 22, 2019

Join San Mateo County Safe Routes to School and RecycleWorks of San Mateo County in Celebrating Earth Day! Walking School Buses and groups can pick up litter along the way to reduce carbon emissions and keep our home beautiful.

Interested in hosting an event at your school? Sign up to receive free resources - tvkelly@smcoe.org

Please share your event participation data.

Bike Rack Decorating Contest, Week of April 28, 2019

Compete against schools from across the county for the best decorated bike rack that includes a safety message! The winning school will have their name added to the perpetual trophy, get to show off the trophy and get bragging rights for the year! 

 

Bike to School Day, May 8, 2019

Join cyclists from around the Nation in celebration of National Bike to School day! The first National Bike to School Day event was held on May 9, 2012 and scheduled to coordinate with the League of American Bicyclists National Bike Month.

Interested in hosting an event at your school? Sign up to receive free resources - tvkelly@smcoe.org

Please share your event participation data.

Weekly/Monthly Events

Schools that have had success with special events often expand them into regular activities that occur on a regular basis, such as "Wednesday Walk to School" or "Walk and Roll (i.e., Bike) Day."

Walking school buses, bicycle trains, and park and walk activities are all ongoing encouragement activities.

These weekly and monthly events help to institutionalize positive behaviors and multiply the benefits of the activities, enabling walking and biking to become the preferred mode of travel from home to school.

Please share your event participation data.