SRTS Flagship Events
Flagship events are a great way to celebrate active transportation by jumpstarting walking and biking to school in the community. You can register online for all three annual flagship days at once and request promotional materials for the school year. Click here to register. A PDF form is also available should you wish to fax or email your registration.
Our three annual flagship days are:
- iWalk – International Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day (the first Wednesday of October))
- Massachusetts Winter Walk to School Day (the first Wednesday of February)
- Massachusetts Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day (the first Wednesday of May)
How to participate:
- Make sure your school is registered
- @School- Walk, Bike, or Roll from home, a designated meeting spot, or at school and take pictures!
- @Home- Walk, Bike, or Roll at home or around your neighborhood and take pictures!
- Share and Celebrate- #iwalked #ibiked #SafeRoutestoSchool #YourSchoolName
Walking School Buses & Bike Trains
Walking school buses (WSB) and bike trains are fun, social, physically active, and environmentally friendly forms of transportation. By evaluating and assessing where students live and walk, SRTS can help determine student drop-off and pick-up points along a designated route to school that is under complete supervision of parents/guardians or school staff.
Check out our NEW Walking School Bus and Bike Train Guide .
Request your Walking School Bus kit to start a walking school bus today.
- Walking School Bus Guide
- 2 cans of spray chalk
- 4 adult safety vests
Park and Walks are another way to encourage active transportation if a WSB or bike train is not an option. Students and adult volunteers park at an off-campus location and walk, bike, or roll the remaining distance to school. Meeting location should include a spacious parking lot to allow participants to park their vehicles while safely forming walking group(s) and/or bike train(s).
On-Campus Activity Guide
We understand that there are communities in Massachusetts where walking, biking, and rolling to school is challenging. However, there are many other aspects of the Safe Routes to School Program that all schools in Massachusetts can take advantage of! Our On-Campus Activity Guide lists the tools and services we offer that can be utilized while on school grounds.
Click here to download a copy of the On-Campus Activity Guide
A bike rodeo is an interactive way to teach students the rules of the road while practicing safe bicycling skills. The rodeo format incorporates stations along a loop course that simulates a neighborhood environment. A representative from Safe Routes to School can assist your school in planning and running a bike rodeo event. We will also deliver a bike rodeo kit with all the necessary tools to help you run a successful event.
Click here to schedule a bike rodeo.
Why Walk, Bike, and Roll
Walk Across America and Massachusetts
The Walk Across America and Walk Across Massachusetts kits allow students to learn about geography while calculating their total distance traveled over the course of a week, month, or whole school year. Maps come in two versions, PDF and a poster-size print out.
Yard Sign Design Contest
The Massachusetts SRTS Program’s Yard Sign Design Contest is a way for students to use their creativity to help promote safe roads for cyclists and pedestrians in their communities.
Each year, the SRTS team selects a new theme for the contest and launches it to partner schools in February.
- 2017 and 2018: Driver awareness and rules of the road
- 2019: Anti-Idling
- 2020: Hands-Free Law
- 2021: Be Safe & Be Seen (Click here for past contest details)
Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest
The Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest aims to raise awareness of safe transportation behaviors. The contest allows high school youth to lead by example in showcasing safe behaviors through a video. Safe Streets Smart Trips is part of the State Highway Safety Plan Bike/Ped Safety Initiative.
Please review contest guidelines and past videos here.
Request Safety Encouragement Items
SRTS provides schools with many different safety items including bike helmets, reflective armbands and backpack lights.
Click here to request items.
Bike helmets are distributed to those with the greatest need and are donated by our Alliance Partner, Breakstone, White & Gluck, through its Project KidSafe initiative.
Additional Helpful Links
- Walking School Bus/Bike Train One-Pager
- What is a park and walk?
- Summer programming ideas
- Safe Routes to School Bingo and Coloring Activity Book
- Review the SRTS Toolkit for additional informational Encouragement ideas