We encourage families who live within the walk zone to consider walking or biking to school. When more children walk and bike to school, the auto pick up and drop off congestion around the school diminishes and makes it safer for everyone. The decision to walk and bike should take into account the child’s age and maturity level, the presence of sidewalks and crosswalks as well as the distance to school. We recommend that parents take an active role in teaching their children the rules of the road, and practicing the best route to school with their children, pointing out crosswalks and how to be safe.
The Rochester Planning Department created walk and bike route maps. Please review the map and the school safety tips on safe walking and biking found here.
Elton Hills "Safe Walk/Bike Route Map"
Franklin "Safe Walk/Bike Route Map"
Folwell "Safe Walk/Bike Route Map"
Gibbs "Safe Walk/Bike Route Map"
Pinewood "Safe Walk/Bike Route Map"
Riverside "Safe Walk/Bike Route Map"
Click on these links for more safety information and tips:
Contact Olmsted County Public Health for assistance in starting a group in your neighborhood.
Tips for Biking to School
Tips for Walking to School
The Walking School Bus