National Walk to School Day Promotes Safe Walking, Bicycling
Over 80 schools throughout Texas participated in National Walk to School Day activities on October 8. The event is promoted by the National Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program and is aimed at drawing communities and schools together to combat the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle.
“We’ve seen a drastic decline in the number of children walking and bicycling to school in the U.S.—down from about 50% forty years ago, to just 15% today. Walk to School Day can be a first step in reversing that trend and is a great way for a school to generate interest in the Safe Routes to School Program," says Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Senior Administrative Coordinator Michelle Hoelscher, who also coordinates the SRTS Texas Network. Read More.
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