Walk to School Day 2007 Just Around the Corner

As another school year commences across the country, folks begin to think about transporting children to and from school and the options available to them - primarily, drop the kids at the school doors or have them take the bus? This year, think of another option for children and consider walking or bicycling to school.

The 2007 International Walk to School Day in the USA is set for October 3, 2007. Walk to School Day events are aimed at bringing forth permanent change to encourage a more walkable America - one community at a time. The day is a great way to get kids in your community interested in, and excited about, walking or bicycling to school on a regular basis and can jump start a healthier lifestyle by:

  • Increasing physical activity among both children and parents
  • Improving air quality and the environment by decreasing the number of cars taking kids to and from schools
  • Creating safer routes for walking and bicycling by teaching kids proper pedestrian and bicycling skills and encouraging drivers to be cautious and courteous of other road users

For some, getting an event started may seem to be too large an undertaking, but the Walk to School Day Web site offers a host of event ideas and tips on how to get an event started in your community. A variety of useful materials can also be viewed or downloaded on the site including ways to get partners such as law enforcement and public officials to aid in your Walk to School event, and information on how to go about planning an event.

As a registered Walk to School Day event, organizers have a chance to win prizes for students and gain access to a variety of downloadable items, including certificates, printable sticker templates, media materials and more. Registrants can also subscribe to a Walk to School e-newsletter with additional tips and resources for walk to school events.

To register a new event, or to sign up as a resource person for Walk to School events, please visit here. Registered events will be displayed on an interactive map on the Walk to School Web site, so that neighboring communities, media and other organizations will be able to view participating events.

For more information on planning and resources for Walk to School activities, please visit here. To see photos from last year's event, please visit here.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center serves as the national coordinating agency for International Walk to School events in the USA.

For more information, please visit the walktoschool site.