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Students at Cotswold Elementary School in Charlotte Celebrate 2013 International Walk to School Day with Special Guests

Nine other Charlotte schools scheduled to participate

CHARLOTTE -Whether walking or riding a bike, thousands of students from more than 3,100 schools across the country will observe International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 9. Since its inception in 1997, this worldwide initiative has grown in popularity each year while building awareness of the benefits of walking or bicycling to school.

In Charlotte, ten schools have signed up to participate, including Cotswold Elementary School. Special guests attending the "Cotswold Walk to School Day" include NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison. Other national, state and local officials will be present to promote the creation of safer routes for walking and bicycling. A list of local events and participating schools can be found at the Walk Bike to School website.

The N.C. Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program complements the goals of Walk to School events, including pedestrian safety and physical activity. The program also emphasizes the importance of issues such as traffic congestion and environmental concerns.

To learn more about pedestrian and bicyclist safety, visit the department's Watch for Me NC website. To find out more about International Walk to School Day, go to the Walk Bike to School website.

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2/19/2018 7:49 AM