The Culver City Safe Routes to School Program – Culver City Walk & Rollers – coordiantes and supports programs at all Culver City schools and throughout the community. All schools have developed walk and bike to school programs. The program was originally funded through a federal non-infrastructure SRTS grant, wawarded to Culver City in 2012 and ended in June 2017. Currently, the City and the School District have jointly funded the contiuation of the Safe Routes to School program throhg at least June 2020. Walk ‘n Rollers, a local non-profit was selected to oversee the program in 2013 and again in 2017 with its founder, Jim Shanman, named Safe Routes to School Coordinator. The Culver City Walk & Rollers will help schools with existing programs build for the future, while establishing new programs at other schools.
In addition to the walk-bike to school efforts, Walk ‘n Rollers will be conducting surveys and tallies to determine how most students actually get to school, hosting pedestrian and bicycling safety workshops, leading group rides and providing train-the-trainer programs to teach volunteers how to successfully grow and maintain these programs, with the overall goals being:
- Increase the number of children walking and biking to school
- Reduce traffic and pollution around school sites and
- Create safer, more livable communities.
- Demonstrate the value of active transportation
It’s important to note that walking and biking to school does not necessarily mean every day or even door to door. Truly, each block and every day not driven helps. We would love to see every child walk or bike to school every day, but that’s challenging in today’s world, even in Culver City, so we encourage families to do what they can. For some that will mean a daily commitment to non-motorized transit to school. For others changing habits once a week or once a month will be as much as they can manage. However, programs like the 3 Block Challenge, carpooling or using public transit, can also make a significant dent in the traffic around most of the schools. For parents that are driving around the school, please remember that more children will be walking and biking more often so be sure to exercise extra caution.
We hope you will join us in our commitment to making Culver City a more walkable, bikeable city for our children!
For quesitons regarding the program or volunteer opportunties, please contact Jim Shanman, Culver City Safe Routes to School Coordinator