Jim Shanman’s Walk ‘n Rollers program that encourages kids and their parents to walk, bike, skate and scoot to school is a finalist in the LA Lakers YOU Grant program.
The Culver City-based program currently teaches via education and training to safely find alternative ways to driving to get to and from school.
According to Shanman, “Teaching children to be more active reduces obesity levels, as well as congestion around schools while cleaning the air in the process.”
Aside from working with local schools and communities toe help establish walk/bike to school programs, Walk ‘n Rollers also hosts bike skills workshops and festivals that teach kids bicycle and pedestrian safety skills.
The LA Lakers YOU Grant winner will receive $5,000, which Shanman says will be put towards helping more schools – there are 800 elementary schools in LAUSD alone - start a walk/bike to school program, as well as hosting a kids bike safety festival in Los Angeles.