Walk to School Day(s) Are Here, Reminding Us All to Be Ever Careful for Youngsters

Published : Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 11:47 AM

Pasadena Unified (PUSD) is giving national Walk to School Day a local twist by adding an “S” to the end of “Day” with events for Oct. 9 and Oct. 10.

The pair of Walk to School Day(s) represent the Culmination of Safety Work on Kids Walking to School by PUSD, Day One, and the City of Pasadena.

On Oct. 9, Jefferson Elementary School students will gather at 1500 East Villa Street for a 7 a.m. launch. On Oct. 10, Longfellow Elementary students will walk the walk from 1065 East Washington Boulevard.

National Walk to School Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday in October, in recognition of walking as good exercise. It’s a day to get out and get some exercise while enjoying the weather.

The goal is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school.

In Pasadena, Walk to School Day promotes both health and safety for the city’s youth.Students, with some parents accompanying them, trek through neighborhood streets accompanied by the mayor, chief of police, and PUSD officials during a morning of festivities aimed at educating the community about keeping Pasadena children safe as they walk to school, and about the benefits of staying active.

During the actual event next month, City officials, parents and other community members will join the kids as they walk to school, under the protective eye of Pasadena police officers.

Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.

Helping coordinate the nationwide event is the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which also coordinates the Safe Routes to School program, a program that aims to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school and encourage more walking and biking where safety is not a barrier.

Transportation, public health and planning professionals, school communities, law enforcement officers, community groups and families all have roles to play using education, encouragement, engineering (changes to the physical environment) and enforcement to meet a local community’s needs.

Traditionally underserved communities get particular attention, in part because they tend to have more pedestrian and bicyclist injuries.

Locally, Day One helps in organizing both the Walk to School Day and Safe Routes to School initiative.

For more information about both these walks call Katia Ahmed at PUSD, (626) 396-5763 or Donson Liu at (626) 744-7672.

For more information about National Walk to School Day, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

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