International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.
Besides being healthier, there are a lot of benefits of walking to school, some of which include
- Less traffic congestion
- Stronger sense of community
- Safer streets
- Lower costs
- Improved accessibility
- Economic gains
So mark your calendar and let’s put those sidewalks to good use! Join us in Walking To School on October 9, 2013. Officer John will be at the Stop Light to assist with crossing Optimist Farm and West Lake Road.
For more detailed information on the benefits of walking to school, visit Walk/Bike To School.