• Safe Safe Routes to School

    The purpose of Safe Routes to School is to encourage and enable scholars in grades K-8 to walk, roll in a wheelchair, or ride their bicycle to school. Walking, bicycling, and rolling are sometimes called active transportation. Lorain City Schools and our partners focus on active transportation because it can be a healthy, fun and an easy way to get around for people of all ages.

    Many Lorain students already walk or bike to school daily, yet we want even more move their way to school. To encourage more students to walk and bike, special school events will be held. Incorporating the exercise students need each day can form healthy and safe habits that last a lifetime. Regular exercise helps children grow strong, and it decreases the risk of obesity.

    Walk and Bike to School Days happen at schools across the U.S. to raise community awareness about the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety education, safe routes to schools, well-maintained walkways, and traffic calming in neighborhoods and around schools.

    To make safer routes to school for students, as well as to encourage families to walk to school together, Lorain City School District leaders are working with community partners such as the City of Lorain, Lorain County Public Health, Lorain County Community Action Agency (LCCAA), Lorain Proud, Lorain Historical Society, block watches, Northeast Ohio Area wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), and many others. 

    Check out some opportunities below:

    Walk-to-School Days

    • Thursday, October 11, 2018  
    • Friday, May 10, 2019 

    Participating Schools (Student meet-up locations)


    • Frank Jacinto Elementary School (Great Lakes Church 2501 N Leavitt Rd.)
    • Garfield Elementary School (Central Park by the basketball court)
    • Hawthorne Elementary School (Harrison Cultural Center 1922 Hamilton Ave)
    • Larkmoor Elementary School (Faith Ministries Christian Center on Euclid)
    • Toni Morrison Elementary School (Leavitt Road Gospel Hall 3925 N Leavitt Rd.)
    • Washington Elementary School  (Central Park Baseball Field Parking Lot)


    • Admiral King Elementary School (Veterans Memorial Park on W. Erie.)
    • Helen Steiner Rice Elementary School (Homewood Park on Riverside)
    • Palm Elementary School (Oakwood Park near the baseball field on E 36)
    • Dohanos Elementary School (John Wilson Park by the tower)

     CLICK HERE to download a walk-to-school master schedule

    Bike to School Days

    • Friday, September 28, 2018 from 8:25 - 8:50 AM
    • Friday, May 17, 2019 from 8:25 - 8:50 AM

    Participating Schools (Student meet-up locations)

    • Southview Middle School (Oakwood Park near baseball field)
    • General Johnnie Wilson Middle (Central Park near baseball field)
    • Longfellow Middle School (Century Park)

    CLICK HERE to download a bike-to-school master schedule


    Teachers and Administrators - Click to download our How-To Guide for Walk and Bike to School Days.


    Additional Resources for Safe Routes to School and General Safety

    Safe Walking and Biking Tips

    English Versions and Spanish Versions available. See PDFs available for download in the folder.

    Lorain County Bike Map:

    Lorain County has a brand new bike map full of tips and tricks on how to get around by bike. View the online Lorain County bike map. Want a hard copy? Check out your local library to pick up your hard copy version of the map.

    Ways to involve teen students in driving safety

    • Tell teens about way to win money: Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest (September 4 - October 5, 2018)
    • Invite them to the free and family-friendly event OR sign up as a student group: Lorain County Zero Proof Mix Off (December 6, 2018)
    • Encourage student group and Student Resource Officer to sign up: Buckle Up Bowl (March 11- April 5, 2018)
    • Introduce advocacy and peer leadership concepts during: National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 21 - 27, 2018)

    To learn more about ways to involve teens, send an email to kevers@loraincountyhealth.com.