Each year, thousands of communities celebrate National Walk to School Day and use the day to advance safe walking and biking to school and destinations throughout communities.
Walk to School Day began in 1997 with mayors in Chicago and Los Angeles taking the lead. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school, leading to policy and engineering changes that help make it safer to walk and bike to school. In 2016, mayors were encouraged to join Walk to School Day events and talk about their commitment to child and youth pedestrian safety.
This webinar, co-presented by the US Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary and the National Center for Safe Routes to School, explains how the 20th celebration of Walk to School Day and the principles used in safe routes to school programs can help to advance safe walking and bicycling for youth and everyone in cities across the USA. Hear how the City of Seattle has used proven Safe Routes to School infrastructure strategies throughout Seattle and how New York City has used a focus on youth as an anchor for Vision Zero campaigns to reduce speeds and curb dangerous driving behaviors throughout the city.
Anthony Burton, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Transportation
Scott Kubly, Director, Seattle Department of Transportation
Kim Wiley-Schwartz, Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School