Join the Movement!

  • Safe Routes to School Boston is a community-wide effort to improve the ability of students to walk or bike to school. BPS is leading this effort because it aligns with our mission to support the health and wellbeing of all students.

    Did you know that physical activity helps students to focus and learn? Walking to school is a great way to get them moving and ready for their day. It’s easy and fun, and when you walk together it gives you a chance to connect with students or other neighbors.

    Walking Tips

    You are the best teacher for your children! Follow these simple tips to show your children how to travel safely on their way. Children who learn how to walk safely to school will become more independent and able to navigate their neighborhoods as they grow older. 

    Everyday Walking Tips

    Winter Walking Tips

    Check out this fun video about how to walk like a penguin in slippery conditions. 

    Ways to Make Our Streets More Walkable

    The most important way we can all work together to make our streets more walkable is to get out and walk with our children and neighbors. The more people out walking in our neighborhoods, the easier it will be for students to safely navigate their way to and from school. Every time you walk with your child to school, you show them that you value active transportation, and help them practice pedestrian safety habits that will last a lifetime. 

    Participate! Join your school’s Wellness Council, School Parent Council, Equity Roundtable, or School Site Council. Ask about efforts to implement Safe Routes to School. Support efforts to assess street safety in the school’s neighborhood. Help plan Walk to School Day, or organize Walking School Buses.

    Next, advocate for improvements in the physical environment surrounding schools. When damaged sidewalks or poor traffic signals are repaired, it becomes easier for students to travel with confidence and independence. Improving the conditions of our streets and sidewalks is one way that the Safe Routes to School program enables people to choose active transportation options. When you see problems, snap a photo and report it to Boston 311. If you notice a street or intersection with frequent traffic challenges, report to the Vision Zero Safety Concerns Map.

    Last but not least: Enjoy! Enjoy daily walks with your children and getting to know other families in your school and neighborhood. Cherish the quality time you have with your child; talk about their day, tell stories, sing songs, play “I spy with my little eye”, share concerns and fears and hopes and dreams, or whatever works for you. Every walk to school is a new opportunity to make more lifelong memories with your child.