In an effort to encourage students to walk and bicycle to school each day, the city of Santa Monica has launched its Car(e) Free Campaign.
Four Santa Monica schools – John Adams Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, Will Rogers Elementary School and Roosevelt Elementary School – kicked off the campaign during the week of March 5.
During the campaign, students will record their trips made without a car, and the “car-free” miles will count towards monthly incentives. One competition target is to be the first class to walk and bike enough miles to reach San Francisco.
The event will continue until May during National Walk to School Week, when students will celebrate Bike It Walk It.
Prizes will be provided to recognize the students who walk and bike the furthest, as well as the class who accumulated the most car-free miles.
The Car(e) Free contest is part of the larger Safe Routes to School pilot project managed by the city of Santa Monica in partnership with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and Parent-Teacher-Student Associations. Funding for the project has been provided by Metro, California Department of Transportation and the city of Santa Monica.