Safe Routes to School

What is Safe Routes to School?

A statewide program that encourages and educates Central Oregon children and parents on the benefits and safety knowledge of walking (by foot or mobility device) and rolling (bike, scooter, skateboard, or ride the bus) to school. Our Safe Routes to School program makes walking and bicycling to school safer and more accessible for children, including those with disabilities, and increases the number of children who choose to walk and roll.

What are the benefits?

  • Educates the community about the benefits of walking and rolling to and from school.
  • Improves transportation for all students, parents, and teachers.
  • Reduces the number of driving trips to and from schools to improve air quality and congestion.
  • Identifies supporters in schools to build the program and coordinate activities.
  • Educates youth on how to safely use the system when they are walking and rolling.
  • Enhances children’s health and well-being.
  • Eases traffic congestion and air quality near schools.
  • Improves community members’ overall quality of life.

Walking Safety, Rolling Safety

Safe Walking Tips!

  1. Stop at the edge of the curb
  2. Look left, right, and left again
  3. Wait for all vehicles to stop completely
  4. Cross when it’s clear

Safe Rolling Tips!

    1. Before you ride, before you roll, strap on your helmet and take control.
    2. Look for cars, left and right.
      Brake at all corners, stop signs, and lights.
    3. Use this checklist as your guide. Check off each one before you ride!
      • Air in tires
      • Brakes work
      • Chain tight
      • Quick release locked (wheel and seat)
      • Helmet on
      • Shoelaces tied
      • Right pant let rolled up

Looking for our current, active Walking School Bus routes?

You can find them and our suggested walking and rolling route maps here.