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Over 8,000 students are expected to participate in the October 2nd event. Image:
Over 8,000 students are expected to participate in the October 2nd event. Image:

Sonoma County will Celebrate
International Walk & Roll to School Day
on October 2

Walking School Bus & Bike Train Meet-Up Spots, 60+ schools giving away prizes…

Sep 27, 2019


By Tina Panza

Thousands of Sonoma County students at ~60 schools will gear up to walk or roll to school on Wednesday, October 2nd in celebration of the annual International Walk & Roll to School Day* and Walk and Roll to School month. This celebration will launch weekly or monthly Walk/Roll Wednesday programs at ~40 schools countywide. See a list of participating schools below.

Teaching kids hand signals at the Rose-land School District Community Bicycle Rodeo. Photo:

Over 8,000 students are expected to participate in the October 2nd event, and it can be an inspiration to continue walking or rolling to school year-round. Schools may also choose to hold “Walk and Roll Wednesday” special events once a month or quarter. Holding special events more frequently keeps the momentum alive and gives families more opportunities to give active transportation a try. It also raises awareness among students and provides additional opportunities for teachers to engage students in lessons about the benefits of walking and bicycling to health, the environment, traffic reduction, and safety.

Getting ready to roll at the Miwok Elementary School 4th grade bicycle rodeo. Photo:

To enable families to participate together on October 2nd, many schools are organizing “meet up points” for walking school buses and bike trains. This highlights the community-building benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school. International Walk and Roll to School Day is one component of the Sonoma County Safe Routes to School program.


Highlighted Meet Up Spots on 10/2/19:


Jefferson Elementary, Downtown Plaza, 7:30 am (Walk & Bike) – led by Teacher Gina Wood


Sonoma Mountain Elementary - Meet at the corner of Castle Dr./Sleepy Hollow Ln, 7:30 am – (Bike Train) Parent-Led

Loma Vista Immersion Academy -  Encouraging families to park and walk from the Petaluma Community Center parking lot by the new playground. (North) – on their own time

Santa Rosa: 

Santa Rosa French-American Charter School – ALL Bike Trains meet by 8 am, leave by 8:10. 

Acre Coffee in Montgomery Village (led by teacher Boris!)

Howarth Park parking lot, near tennis courts (led by parent Michelle K))

City Garden donuts on 4th St (led by parent Adam S)

Proctor Terrace Elementary School

Meet at Talbot & 4th (Midtown Café) at 7:30, depart by 7:40 – parent-led

Meet at Grosse Ave & Pamela and walk/roll at 7:40 – parent-led


Park Side Elementary School – Meet at Ives Park, 7:30 am meet up (Walk & Bike) – Led by Police Chief & School Principal

Sebastopol Independent Charter School – Meet at Willard Libby Park, 7:30 am (Bike Train) – parent-led


Cali Calmécac Elementary School:  Meet at Windsor Town Green at 7:45 am (weekly Walking School Bus meet-up!)  - led by teacher Rufino Rosas

Brooks Elementary School

Windsor Town Green, 7:30 am (Bike Train) 7:50 am (Walking School Bus) – led by teacher Laurel Green

Foothill Park, 8 am (Walk & Bike) – parent/teacher-led

One student walking or bicycling to or from school just one mile, one day a week saves 100 lbs of CO2 a year – if all the students in Sonoma County were able to walk to/from school one mile/day a week, it would save 3532 tons of CO2 a year. 

*The “National” International Walk and Roll to School Day event will actually occur on Wednesday, October 10th. Sonoma County is celebrating our event on the alternative date of Wednesday, October 2nd to remain consistent with the monthly “first Wednesday of the month” Walk/Roll Days mentioned above.

International Walk & Roll to School Day is produced by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Safe Routes to School Program, with support from Safe Kids Sonoma County and the Center for Climate Protection's ECO2School Program. The Sonoma County Safe Routes to School program is supported by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s One Bay Area Grant Program, Measure M, and Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program.

For more information about the Sonoma County Safe Routes to School program, go to

Tina Panza
Director, Education & Safe Routes to School
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 3088
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Office (707) 545-0153

Mobile (707) 799-3911



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