Encouragement

Encouragement

At a Glance

Encouragement activities are closely related to the school's educational strategies around Safe Routes. They help children and adults practice the walking and biking behaviors they have learned, generate interest, build community and sustain momentum by demonstrating success.

Encouragement Activities

Encouragement activities in their most basic form get kids excited about biking, walking, carpooling, and the use of transit. Some example basic encouragement program structures include:

Encouragement Events

Event Ideas can include, but are certainly not limited to, Weekly/Monthly Events, Themed Events such as Umbrella Walks in the Winter, Golden Sneaker Contests, Secret Bike Brigades, Walk Across California/America Challenges, and Bike Brigades. Events can be held district wide, school wide, on an individual classroom basis, and even on a student by student basis.

Event Planning Resources

San Mateo Countywide Encouragement Events

The San Mateo County Office of Education supports four countywide 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.

International Walk to School Day, October 8, 2014

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.

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Golden Sneaker, February 25, 2015 - March 11, 2015

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.

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Earth Day, April 17, 2015

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.

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Bike to School Day, May 6, 2015

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.

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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.

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