Eugene area schools to celebrate International Walk to School Day Tomorrow (Oct. 5th)

Eugene Safe Routes to School and 20 participating local schools will be joining thousands of schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day on October 5, 2011.

Thousands of students from area schools will be walking to school on Wednesday, along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Schools throughout the community will hold events with kids, parents and community leaders walking, biking, skating, and scooting their way to school under their own power.  Events ranging from juggling, unicycling, bike blended smoothies, raffles, poster contests and more will add to the event. Some highlights in our community include:

  • Arts and Technology Academy and Family School students and parents will meet a “special mystery guest” near the Blue Heron bike bridge on the Fern Ridge Path at 8:00 am and walk across the pedestrian bridge on 18th, through Westmoreland park, and onto school.
  • Cal Young Middle School will be hosting a day long celebration with bike repair, bike blended smoothies and special treats
  • Roosevelt Middle School will have a month long competition in the school kicking off with special give aways, bike blended smoothies, and more.
  • Adams Elementary students have a big celebration to kick off a whole year of walk and bike encouragement programs!

In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Walk and Bike to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The event is being organized by Eugene SRTS, a project of Eugene School District 4J, the City of Eugene, point2point SchoolSolutions, and Lane Coalition for Healthy and Active Youth (LCHAY).

For additional local information, please contact Shane MacRhodes at (541) 556-3553 or rhodes_sh@4j.lane.edu

For additional information, please visit these Web sites:

Oregon Walk + Bike to School www.walknbike.org

International Walk to School in the USA www.walktoschool.org

National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org

 

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