Safe Routes to School

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The Takoma Safe Routes to School program encourages students to walk and bike to school regularly and safely. The program serves students and families at Takoma Park Piney Branch, Rolling Terrace, and East Silver Spring Elementary Schools, and the Takoma Park Middle School. A Safe Routes to School grant from the State of Maryland funds the program.

To learn more about how you can get involved or to volunteer for any of the following programs, contact the Safe Routes to School Coordinator at 301-891-7235.

TKPK 5K Challenge

The Safe Routes to School Takoma Park 5K Challenge promotes pedestrian safety by challenging the students, parents and staff at participating schools, and area residents to train and compete in the annual event held in May. Events include a 5K run or walk, a one mile fun run and a quarter mile youth race. Proceeds from the 5K Challenge fund pedestrian safety and health initiatives through the local Parent Teacher Associations.

Challenge yourself at the upcoming TKPK 5Kexternal link icon Registration opens in February!

iCan Shine Bike Camp for Individuals with Disabilities

Thanks to Takoma Park Safe Routes to School, iCan Shine’s iCan Bike program will be coming to Takoma Park to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become a lifelong independent rider! Check out a video here external link icon. Cost of the camp is $100.00. Please make the check out to City of Takoma Park.

When and Where:  July 5-10, 2015, Takoma Academy, 8120 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD.

Riders Must:
•    be at least 8 years old by start of camp and have an intellectual or physical disability
•    be able to walk without an assistive device and sidestep to both sides
•    attend the same 75-minute session each day of the 5-day camp
•    be under 220 lbs. and have a minimum inseam measurement of 20”

Volunteers Must:
•    be at least 16 years old (unless accompanied by an adult)
•    be able to attend 90 minutes at the same time each of the 5 days of camp (15 minutes of training/daily debriefing, 75 minute session)
•    be able to provide physical, emotional and motivational support to assigned rider
•    be able and willing to get some exercise (light jogging/running) for a great cause!

Those interested in registering for this great program as a rider or volunteer should e-mail

Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day external link icon is held on the first Wednesday in October. Over 5,000 schools from 50 states participate, including four area schools. Walkers from the U.S. join students in 40 countries around the world.

Bike Safety Rodeos

Since 2007, Safe Routes to School has collaborated with area schools and PTAs to offer bike safety rodeos free of charge to local students to impart bicycle safety skills, proper helmet fit, and hand signals.

Bike to School Day

Modeled after the successful Walk to School Day, students celebrate Bike to School Day external link icon by riding to school with their peers, teachers and guests on the second Wednesday in May. At the first ever Bike to School Day in 2012, over 130 students and 30 parents rode to school together and learned about proper helmet fitting and basic bike safety.

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Walking School Bus and Bike Trains

Safe Routes to School is so committed to the idea of walking and biking to school that we will assist neighborhood groups in organizing walking school buses and bike trains. Just what is a Walking School Bus or Bike Train? They are groups of families who have agreed their kids will walk or bike to school together on a regular basis. Parent volunteers commit to rotating responsibility of escorting students to school. Students are "picked up" as the “bus” or “train” travels to school along a designated route.

Skateboarding Safety

The increased popularity of skateboarding as a means of transportation to school has prompted Takoma Park Middle School and Safe Routes to School to team up to offer workshops with demos modeling skating skills and practices for optimal safety.

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Crossing Guard Appreciation

Safe Routes to School joins forces with the School PTA to offer families an opportunity to show their appreciation to the Takoma Park Crossing Guards. Students bear simple gifts such as flowers, candy and cards that express their gratitude for another year of excellent service. Each spring we make it official on a special day devoted to saying thank you. Look for information about the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in your child's backpack.

Crosswalk Simulation Activity

To reinforce safe pedestrian practices, Takoma Park Safe Routes to School developed a Crosswalk Simulation Activity for elementary school-aged kids. The Crosswalk Simulation Activity includes a mock crosswalk, traffic signs and signals, including a working mini traffic light and other interactive props to engage the students. The workshop, offered in schools and in the community, emphasizes all the basics of pedestrian safety including tips for students to share with drivers.

Safe Routes to School Newsletter

To read more about the City’s Safe Routes to School program, check out our annual newsletter!

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