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Winners of WRR challenge announced

Three schools will receive cash prizes to buy classroom supplies because they won the countywide Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge for having the most students walking, biking, or using other alternative transportation modes to get to school, SANDAG announced November 2.

Flora Vista Elementary School in the City of Encinitas—the grand prize winner—will receive $1,000 for school supplies. Ocean Knoll Elementary School, also in Encinitas, is the second place winner and will receive $750 for supplies. Encanto Elementary School in the City of San Diego is the third place winner and will receive $500 for supplies.

Throughout the region, 29 schools representing 19,260 students participated in the week-long Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge, Oct. 1-5. 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.

To win the challenge, parents logged their children’s alternative commute trips in TripTracker on icommutesd.com. 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 alone, more than 5,000 students regionwide 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. For a list of schools enrolled in SchoolPool, visit icommutesd.com.

Key partners for this annual iCommute campaign included the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, San Diego Zoo, Suki Day Spa, and SuperShuttle.

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For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.