Safe Routes to School

National Walk & Roll to School Days

Oct. 11-14, 2022

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During the week of “National Walk and Roll to School Day” we have five schools that are continuing to their weekly walks and bike rides, and so far we have one new school, Ortiz Middle School, starting a bike-to-school event.  We invite other schools in Santa Fe to join these events, where possible, or to put on their own walk and roll event at any other point in October.  So far, the busy week of Oct 11-14 is looking like this:
  • Tues., Oct. 11:
    • Bike to Nina Otero Community School via Tierra Contenta Trail, meet at SWAN Park at 7:15 or South Side Library at 7:30. Bike to Nina Flyer
    • Bike to Ortiz Middle School via Tierra Contenta Trail, meet at South Side Library at 8:15. Bike to Ortiz Flyer
  • Wed., Oct. 12:
    • Walk to Nina Otero Community School – Cesar Chavez E.S. & Capital High School students also welcome!  Meet at South Side Library at 7:00-7:15 am, leave by 7:20 am.  Walk to Nina Flyer
    • Walk & Roll to Amy Biehl Community School, meet at Rancho Viejo Village Park Plaza at 7:30, leave by 7:45
    • Walk & Roll to El Camino Real Academy, meet at Cottonwood Village Mobile Home Park Office at 7:30, leave by 7:45. ECRA Flyer
  • Thurs., Oct. 13:
    • Walk & Roll to Aspen Community School, meet at Griego Park on the River Trail at 7:30, leave by 7:45.  Aspen Flyer
  • Fri., Oct. 14:
    • Walk & Roll to Chaparral Elementary School, meet at Ragle Park Gazebo, off of Yucca St., at 7:30, leave by 7:45. Chaparral Flyer
We hope that you can join us!  See past events and more under “Encouragement.”

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Santa Fe Conservation Trust is pursuing “Safe Routes to School” – the promotion of walking and bicycling to school – through a federally-funded contract with the City of Santa Fe, complemented by efforts of staff of the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization, Santa Fe Public Schools, and other partners.

The objective of Santa Fe Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is to establish a city-wide SRTS Action Plan founded on development of pilot activities in the areas of the “Four Es” – Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Engineering, along with additional emphasis on Equity and Evaluation.  Read about our progress halfway through our initial funding period here: Santa Fe SRTS Progress Report for 2022 1st Half.

The end result after two school years will be a fundable and sustainable community-wide SRTS program moving forward. We will know we are successful if more schoolchildren are walking and biking to school, which could signal a somewhat radical change in the mindset of our auto-centric community.

Encouraging Santa Fe’s families to walk or ride a bicycle in the community is a natural extension of SFCT’s “community conservation” approach. Just like the natural-surface, recreational trails that SFCT has helped develop and maintain in public and private open space in practically every direction from town, the walkways and bikeways where we live, work, and go to school represent opportunities for healthier people, environment, and economy for Santa Fe.

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International Walk-to-School Day, Oct. 6, 2021