ENCINITAS — Flora Vista Elementary School was the grand-prize winner in the week-long Walk, Ride and Roll to School Challenge in October.The school will receive $1,000 for school supplies and Ocean Knoll Elementary School, the second place winner, will receive $750 for supplies.
The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the health and environmental benefits of walking and biking to school, while also highlighting the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety. Throughout the region, 29 schools representing 19,260 students participated.
To win the challenge, parents logged their children’s alternative commute trips in TripTracker on the SANDAG iCommute web site. Overall, participants logged a total of 7,356 miles. If students were to maintain this level of activity for the entire school year, it would be the equivalent of traveling almost 11 times around the world. Their parents would save 11,795 gallons of fuel and cut carbon emissions by 237,797 pounds — the amount offset in a year by 23 acres of pine forests.
As in the past, this year’s Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge coincided with International Walk to School Day, which fell on Oct. 3. On that day, more than 5,000 students region-wide traveled on foot, carpooled or used public transit to get to school, logging 3,013 miles in alternative commute trips.
The SANDAG iCommute program sponsors the Walk, Ride, and Roll to school Challenge each year. iCommute administers SchoolPool, which helps parents connect with each other to organize carpools, as well as groups for walking and biking to school.
Key partners for this annual iCommute campaign included the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, San Diego Zoo, Suki Day Spa and SuperShuttle.