On October 5, 2016 most of the elementary schools in School Districts 91 and 93, along with parents, teachers and community leaders, participated in International Walk to School Day. Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment.
“This event helps build connections between families, schools and the community. We would like to encourage parents and neighbors to join the students in the walk,” states DaNiel Jose, transportation planner/bicycle-pedestrian coordinator with Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO).
The event is organized by Safe Routes to School, BMPO, School District 91 and School District 93. For additional information about the event contact DaNiel Jose (208) 612-8509 or visit the following websites:
Walk to School Day in the USA www.walkbiketoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org
International Walk to School Day www.iwalktoschool.org
About International Walk to School Day:
Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school. The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the United States.
Children, parents, school and local officials walk to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the United States include America Walks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, Institute of Transportation Engineers, National Center for Safe Routes to School, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide, and Safe Routes to School National Partnership.