Way To Go! Activities

Want to earn points?  Pick one (or more) of these activities to earn points and prizes for your school!

With greater flexibility, your school can choose to participate at any time throughout the school year. How much or how little your school participates is entirely up to you.  

Click on any of the buttons below to learn more about each activity, or scroll down to read them all

 

To report your activities, go here: Report your Way to Go! Activities

 

Bring a Bicycling Presentation to your School

Bring a Bicycling Presentation to your School (20 points)

Local Motion's Everyday Bicycling Program is a suite of workshops that are inclusive and accessible to be as inviting as possible for anyone who is interested in bicycling more. Local Motion’s workshop leaders are all experienced transportation bicycle riders who work hard to create a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere that recognizes that everyone will engage in bicycling at their own levels.

We offer workshops for people of all ages (including school groups). There is no limit on the number or content of workshops Local Motion can bring to your school.

You can also get credit for hosting another organization’s bicycling presentation.

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:
    • Date.
    • Presenter's Name.
    • The organization the presenter belongs to (if applicable).
    • Content of the presentation.
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activity here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Run a Bike Safety Program at Your School

Run a Bike Safety Program at your School (20 points)

  • Bring Local Motion’s Bike Smart program to your school.
  • Local Motion’s Bike Smart program includes a 20’ trailer with everything you need to run a bike skills training program, including bikes and helmets, which is accompanied by a games-based bike skills curriculum.
  • This program is free for all Vermont schools, aside from a delivery fee, which will be waived for Way to Go! participants.
  • You can also get credit for running your own 1-2 week-long bike skills program.

How to Earn Points

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Brief Description of Program (if Bike Smart, just write "Bike Smart").
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activity here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Bike to School Day

Bike to School Day (20 points)

  • Suggested date: National Bike to School Day is May 9, 2019, but you can run this event anytime during the school year that works for you.
  • Schools encourage students and staff to bike to school, aiming for 100% participation.
  • Note: Schools generally give participants the option to walk and use scooters as well as using bikes.

How to Earn Points

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activity here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Carpool Day

Carpool Day (20 points)

  • Run an event at your school where you encourage families and co-workers to carpool to school on a certain day (or days!)
  • Note: Great for rural schools!

How to Earn Points

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activity here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Incorporate Transportation into Your Curriculum

Incorporate Transportation in your Curriculum (50 points)

  • Contact Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) to get support for adding sustainable transportation to the curriculum, or create your own curriculum sequence on sustainable transportation. 
  • VEEP has curriculum resources available on its website and is also available to consult with teachers or students on transportation curriculum, personalized learning, or projects.

How to Earn Points

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date(s).
    • Provide overview of the lesson sequence you used in the classroom.
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
    • Number of Classes Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event(s), you can log your activity(ies) here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Data Collection

Data Collection (100 points)

  • NOTE: This section is ONLY for reporting how your students get to work on a NON-EVENT day (i.e. a "regular day with no special events happening").  If you want to report any other activities (like a Bike to School Day, a Walking Wednesday, etc), go here: https://www.123formbuilder.com/form-3881982/ 
  • We want to know if your students' travel behavior has changed over time! 
  • Capture data on all the different ways your school community gets to and/or from school in the Fall, and again in the Spring, to help identify any transportation behavior changes in your school.
  • Data collection needs to be performed during a regular (non-event) week at school. Count how students and staff travel to (or from) school for 2-3 days near the time you first sign up for Way to Go!, and again for 2-3 days of similar weather when the challenge is wrapping up.
  • You will receive 50 points for your first collection and your remaining 50 points for your last collection.  
  • Note: This is a great way to engage volunteers and students!

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this activity:

    • Data Collection Form (http://saferoutesdata.org/)
      • Create an account (it's free and easy).
      • If your school is already on the list, and you don't have access, e-mail education@localmotion.org to get access.
      • You can create an electronic form (for help, e-mail education@localmotion.org for assistance).
      • Or you can utilize this form: http://saferoutesdata.org/downloads/SRTS_Two_Day_Tally.pdf  
        • Two or three days' worth of data is best.
        • Please collect data on two or three of these days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
        • Please choose days that don't have special Way to Go! events scheduled
        • Each classroom should receive this tally.
      • Enter the data (if using a paper form) on saferoutesdata.org, or send scanned forms to education@localmotion.org to enter data.
  • When you’re ready to report this activity, you can log your work here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Design Your Own

Design Your Own Program (50 points)

The sky is the limit! If it is sustainable-transportation related, we already love it! 

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Description of program must include:
      • Length of program.
      • How it relates to sustainable transportation.
      • A description of the activities that students/staff/community participated in.
    • Estimated number of Students participating.
    • Estimated number of Staff participating.
    • If you aren't certain your program would qualify, feel free to contact us at info@waytogovt.org.
  • When you’re ready to report your events, you can log your activities here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Park and Walk Day

Park & Walk Day (20 points)

  • Everyone parks at a location that is along a safe route to school, and families, co-workers and students all walk together the rest of the way to school.
  • Note: Great for rural schools!

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activity here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day (20 points)

What is PARK(ing) Day?  It's a day when people put a temporary mini-park in a parking spot instead of a car!  It's a fun way to demonstrate how much of our land is taken up by cars!  

PARK(ing) Day (Vermont) is scheduled for 5/16, but you can run the event on any day that works for your school.

How it works:

1) Talk to your principal/school administration and get permission for the event and work with them on the logistics, safety and location at least a few weeks in advance.  (Preference is for high-visibility locations that are also safe)

2) Once you have chosen your location (at least one, and hopefully many! parking spots), have people sign up for their own "mini-park" and let them come up with their own fun themes for their park.

3) On the day you've chosen for your PARK(ing) Day, have people start setting up their mini-parks in their designated PARK(ing) spot.  Ideally, the mini-parks will be set up all day, but even just a half-hour of mini-park enjoyment is a great way to show how our land could be used in many different ways for our community.

4) Make it fun!  Have a party!  This is meant to be a light-hearted playful event!

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Estimated number of Students participating.
    • Estimated number of Staff participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your events, you can log your activities here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

While this manual is for the use of a metered parking spot, you can use a lot of the same tips for decorating your parking lot spot!

PARK(ing) Day Manual

 

Promote Go!Vermont App

Promote Go!Vermont App (10 points)

Share the Go!Vermont App with families and staff, and earn 10 points!

Go! Vermont is a resource for finding greener travel options like carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or telecommute. You can also track your greener trips with Go! Vermont and earn rewards.

Join today. It's easy and free! 

 

Looking for an e-mail template to send out to your coworkers to promote the Go!Vermont app?  We've got one!  Go!Vermont Sample E-mail Template

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date of promotion.
  • When you’re ready to report your events, you can log your activities here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Promote VT Walk/Bike Challenge

Promote Vermont Walk/Bike Challenge (10 points)

Grab your bike, boots, or shoes and participate in the Vermont Bike-Walk Challenge to win prizes, save money, feel healthier, and cut pollution! This challenge happens at least twice per year through the Go! Vermont smartphone app. Once you record the minimum number of biking or walking commutes, you'll be eligible to win prizes! Once you're using the Go! Vermont app, you will automatically be entered into the Challenge when it begins. You'll receive a message before the challenge starts as a heads-up, plus you'll get a message once you record the minimum number of commutes in the Challenge to be eligible for prizes!

Here's how to join the Challenge:

  1. Download the "Go! Vermont" app to your smartphone (Search for "Go! Vermont" in the Apple App Store or Google Play) -- or -- click here and hit the "join" button to track trips online without a smartphone
  2. Complete your profile in the app or on the website
  3. Get biking, walking, or running and record your commutes!

Vermont Walk/Bike Challenge: every day in May

Record at least 12 bike, walk, or run commutes during the month of May to be eligible to win prizes from Local Motion and businesses around Vermont! Eligible participants will be randomly chosen and notified of their prize by mid-June. 

Want to get more comfortable biking? Join us for an Everyday Biking workshop! Or click here for some great videos.

Share the Go!Vermont App with families and staff, and earn 10 points!

Go! Vermont is a resource for finding greener travel options like carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or telecommute. You can also track your greener trips with Go! Vermont and earn rewards.

Join today. It's easy and free! 

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date of promotion.
  • When you’re ready to report your events, you can log your activities here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

 

 

 

Ride the Bus Day

Ride the Bus Day (20 points)cartoon image of a school bus with flowers and leaves coming out of the exhaust

  • Schools encourage all students who are eligible, to take the bus to school. Students who are not eligible for bus pick-up should walk, carpool or bike to school.
  • Note: Schools can add an additional challenge for students and staff to take public transportation if it is available in your region.

How to Earn Points

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activity here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Recurring Events

Recurring events (10 points/event)

These are events that you run regularly at your school (ex: Walking Wednesdays).  A school will get 10 points every time they participate in a recurring event--like a Walking Wednesday.

You can also get Recurring Event points if you bring Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) (or another sustainable transportation curriculum) to more than one class at your school.  Your school will receive 50 points for the first class that integrates sustainable transportation programming into the curriculum and 10 points for each additional class that participates.

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date (do a separate entry for each time you run an event--ex: Walking Wednesdays--if you ran an event each week, you would do four separate entries, one for each date).
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your events, you can log your activities here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

School Travel Plan

Safe Routes to School Travel Plan (20 to 100 points)

  • What is a School Travel Plan?
    • A School Travel Plan is a written document that outlines a school and community’s intentions for enabling students to walk or bike to and from school. It is developed through a team-based approach that involves the school, experts, and often, members of the public. The team works together to identify barriers to walking and biking and develops strategies to address them.
    • Learn more here: http://saferoutes.vermont.gov/resources/miniguides#travelplan.
  • You have FOUR ways to earn points through a School Travel Plan

    • Creating a new school travel plan (100 points)
      • We'll help provide you with information and connect you with experts to maximize the success of your plan
    • Having an existing school travel plan (20 points)
      • Your school did all of that work, so you should get credit for it!
    • Utilizing your existing school travel plan (20 points)
      • Sometimes those plans get created, and then end up on the shelf, gathering dust. Utilizing your travel plan to inform your Safe Routes to School or Way to Go! work will also earn you points.
    • Updating your existing school travel plan (50 points)
      • A quick review of your school travel plan may reveal that you've achieved a lot of your previous goals, or that the infrastructure situation around your school has changed, or you may have new, exciting goals for your school. 
      • We'll connect you with support and experts to help you update your travel plan!

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Create a new School Travel Plan (100 points)
      • A brief description of your work starting a school travel plan.
      • We'll check in with you periodically to see if you need any help or support.
    • Updating your School Travel Plan (50 points)
      • Take a look at your school travel plan, and update it for current information.
      • If you would like help, we can set you up with experts to provide support for your update
    • Existing School Travel Plan (20 points)
    • Utilizing Existing School Travel Plan (50 points)
      • Brief description of how you utilized your School Travel Plan this year.
      • Date of any events where you utilized the School Travel Plan. 
      • Estimated number of students and staff participating in events where you utilized the School Travel Plan.
  • When you’re ready to report your events, you can log your activities here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Walk or Bike to a Field Trip

Walk or Bike to a Field Trip (20 points/event)

  • Do you have a great field trip location near your school? Perhaps your school is located near a farm, another local business, a park, etc? Walking or biking with your students to that field trip location is a great way to encourage healthy habits, as well as saving money on transportation costs for the field trip!
  • Note: Great for rural schools!

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activity here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day (20 points)

Suggested date: National Walk to School Day is October 10, 2018, but you can run this event anytime during the school year that works for you.

Schools encourage students and staff to walk to school, aiming for 100% participation.

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activity here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

The Way to Go! Challenge

Way to Go! Super-Charge Event (50 points)

  • Do events during this period, and you'll get an additional 50 points! We’ll be running this "Super-Charge" event for 1 to 2 weeks in the Spring.
  • Just pick day(s) during the Challenge to encourage your students, coworkers and parents to walk, bike, bus, roll, carpool, to school!

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date(s).
    • Brief description of what you did for the Challenge (what transportation modes did you promote? Biking, walking, scooting, bus, carpooling, etc).
    • Estimated number of Students participating.
    • Estimated number of Staff participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activities here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

Winter Walk to School Day

Winter Walk to School Day (20 points)

  • Suggested date: February 6, 2019.
  • Promote year-round healthy habits! It’s a great way to get kids to try being outdoors even when it’s cold!
  • Note: We’ll also provide special incentives to help motivate your students (like hot chocolate or other goodies!)

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Date.
    • Estimated Number of Students Participating.
    • Estimated Number of Staff Participating.
  • When you’re ready to report your event, you can log your activity here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.

VEHI Path Points

PROMOTE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION TO STAFF (20 POINTS)

  • Send out an e-mail to your coworkers providing resources to promote or encourage active transportation.  Go here for a sample e-mail to send to your coworkers.
  • One resource is through earning credit at VEHI PATHpoints--specifically, the "Keeping Fit and/or Adventure" by recording walking and biking in their PATH account Progress Log.  Visit www.tomypath.com  to login or create your PATH account. Click “contact us” for further guidance.

 

HOW TO GET POINTS

 

 

Watch a Webinar

Watch a Way to Go! Webinar (10 points)

We've got two webinars you can watch and earn 10 points each!  They are about 45 minutes long, and packed with good information!

HOW TO EARN POINTS

 

Share Your Stories

Share Your Stories (10 points/story)

We want to see what you and your school have been doing!  Send us your stories (with photos!) of your sustainable transportation successes!  We want all of your great stories about getting kids and their families to use sustainable transportation to get around. 

How it works:

1) Write a paragraph (or two) about your success story (including what you did, when you did it, and any interesting facts that might inspire or engage people

2) Find some photos associated with your event

3) E-mail them to info@waytogovt.org

4) Repeat!

5) Report your submitted stories (10 points each!) in the event log

HOW TO EARN POINTS

  • Information needed to receive points for this event:

    • Story
    • Photo
  • When you’re ready to report your events, you can log your activities here: Way to Go! Activity & Event Log.