Walk and Bike to School Day
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Walk and Bike
To School Day
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Remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time or walking to school that first day? There’s a feeling of joy and independence, a sense of adventure, that doesn’t fade. When walking or biking, parents and children get to appreciate things they don’t notice while driving — listening to the sounds of the neighborhood, seeing friends and neighbors and feeling connected with their community.
Walking and bicycling events celebrate these experiences and help make them possible for others. They bring schools and communities together for a common purpose.
Communities celebrate National Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day for a variety of reasons, but safety is always at the core. Wednesday, October 2, 2019, thousands of communities across the United States will walk their way to a healthy and safe day at school. Walking to school is a fun, easy way to add exercise to the day, but it’s important to stay safe on your way there.
1. Map out safe routes to school with your children before they head out on their own, don’t take shortcuts.
2. Young children should walk hand-in-hand with an adult, especially when crossing the street or in parking lots.
3. Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street. Continue looking while you cross.
4. Don’t push, shove, or chase each other when near the street.
5. Don’t take rides from people if the plan wasn’t previously-arranged.
6. Watch for cars at every driveway and intersection.
7. Walk on a sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the street, facing oncoming traffic.