Hundreds of Communities Statewide Celebrate Walk to School Day by Getting Outside For the Trip to School
RALEIGH -On Wednesday, Oct. 7, thousands of students and parents in hundreds of communities across the state walked and biked to school in celebration of International Walk to School Day. More than 200 North Carolina schools, from Andrews to Buxton, held events, setting a new record for the state. Walk to School Day participation in North Carolina has increased nearly 25 percent since last year's event, and the total number is expected to grow as celebrations continue through the end of October. This year, N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson and several other state and local officials joined students and families at Hertford Grammar School to celebrate the event. "Walk to School Day is a chance for many families to try a different kind of travel -using their feet. It's an opportunity to see our state and our communities in a different way," said Secretary Tennyson. "Where it's safe, NCDOT encourages families to look for opportunities to walk to school in October and throughout the school year."The growing popularity of Walk to School Day in North Carolina is due in large part to Active Routes to School, a partnership project between NCDOT and the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Ten Regional Active Routes to School Coordinators around the state are working to make it easier for elementary and middle school students to safely walk and bike to school and be physically active at school."Walk to School Day events are opportunities to bring communities together to celebrate walking and bicycling and help shed light on any safety concerns," said Lauren A. Blackburn, AICP, Director of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division. North Carolina schools joined more than 4,500 schools across the country holding Walk to School Day events. Coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Walk to School events were held nationwide on Wednesday and throughout the month of October. To learn more about International Walk to School Day, visit the Walk Bike to School website.