Join in International Walk to School Day Oct. 5
When last did you walk or ride to school with your child? If it’s been a while, Wednesday is the day to head out on foot during the 15th annual International Walk to School Day. The N.C. Department of Transportation is encouraging elementary and middle schools across the state to participate in the initiative aimed at building awareness of the benefits of walking and bicycling to school while creating safer routes for both activities.
If you can’t make it on Wednesday, don’t worry. You can take part in Walk to School activities throughout October. Just check the International Walk to School Day website, where you’ll find that more than 3,316 schools from across the nation, including 66 from North Carolina, are expected to participate.
Schools in about 28 municipalities from across the state have registered their Walk to School events, ranging from one-day celebrations to monthly activities that include pedestrian and bicycle education, walking and school bus programs, safety awareness campaigns and health and wellness promotions.
Why are so many people heading out?
- To encourage physical activity by teaching children the skills to walk safely, how to identify safe routes to school and the benefits of walking
- To promote awareness of how walkable a community is and where improvements can be made
- To raise concern for the environment
- To Reduce crime and take back neighborhoods for people on foot
- To lower traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools
- To share valuable time with local community leaders, parents and children.
If you are driving Wednesday, watch for pedestrians and cyclists so that everyone can have a safe day.
Includes information provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation?