GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – The Mesa County Safe Routes app was introduced on August 8, 2022 by the Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office. Families in District 51 will be able to use the smartphone app to choose the most secure route to school for walking, bicycling, skating, or using other non-motorized forms of transportation. Users may track their journeys to and from school, pick a route, and start a trip.

The Fall Walk & Wheel Challenge is open to elementary and middle school kids in District 51 starting on September 12 and running through October 28. Its goal is to encourage families to download the app and attempt walking or rolling their children to and from school. There are three reward levels, each of which corresponds to a travel objective; Six trips make up Level 1, 15 trips overall make up Level 2, and 25 trips total make up Level 3. Students who achieve the Level 3 award will receive a coupon to a nearby activity location. Level 1 prize recipients will receive stickers, while Level 2 winners will receive local sweet treat vouchers. Using the same device, parents can effortlessly track the travel of numerous kids; all they need to do is choose the number of commuters on the settings page. Later this autumn, participants’ schools will be where they may pick up their awards at each level.

On October 5, Walk & Wheel Day, local schools will have the chance to compete against one another. To further encourage physical activity, the school with the highest participation rate on October 5 will get new playground equipment worth $200.

For additional details on the Fall Walk & Wheel Challenge, to download the mobile app, or to obtain useful resources for rolling and walking to school, go to MesaCountySafeRoutes.com.