Today was walk, bike, scoot to school day. As the students arrived they were greeted by some of the Spanish Fork High School football team and cheerleaders. As part of todays activities the teachers walked their class to Abbey Court Park and talked about using safety when crossing streets. The students were encouraged to wear green today. Here are some ideas of why we should walk to school.
Communities and schools are using Walk or Bike to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old. Here are some reasons to support walking and bicycling to school:
Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence.
The trip to school is a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need.
Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions.
Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community.
Reducing traffic congestion, boosting a sense of community, and improving neighborhood connections benefit the community.