With International Walk to School Day less than two weeks away, WisDOT encourages interested groups and communities to get walking!
International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 8.
International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 8, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) notes that there is still time to register your school for an event.
“Students from around the state will join thousands of students across the U.S. and more than 40 other countries to raise awareness about this healthy mode of transportation,” said Jill Mrotek Glenzinski, the state’s bike and pedestrian coordinator. “Parents are urged to walk with their children to promote safe habits.”
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes. These programs improve walking and biking travel options, promote healthier lifestyles in children at an early age and decrease auto-related emissions near schools.
Currently, organized events are planned at more than 50 Wisconsin schools, and that number is increasing daily. However, all students who can safely and conveniently walk to school are welcome to be part of this international day of walking. Schools and communities are asked to register their Walk to School Day events at: www.walkbiketoschool.org. Last year, more than 100 events were registered in Wisconsin.
For more information on Safe Routes to School, visit: www.dot.wisconsin.gov/localgov/aid/saferoutes.htm.