Wednesday October 9th is International Walk to School Day, although here at the Bike Fed we like to promote almost any healthy and active form of transportation.
Last year, 4,280 schools across the United States registered their events at www.walkbiketoschool.org, and with your help we can reach 5,000 participating schools this year! This day is a great opportunity to kick off a Safe Routes to School program at your school or celebrate an ongoing one. Lots of templates and resources are available on the website for registered schools.
A Danish experiment recently found that kids who walk or bike to school instead of being driven in a vehicle have increased levels of concentration and improved test scores. And there is lots of research out there that suggest that youth walking or biking to school is a part of daily activity can help to:
- Weight and blood pressure control
- Bone, muscle, and joint health and maintenance
- Reduction in the risk of diabetes
- Improved psychological welfare
- Better academic performance
- It is also fun!
New this fall, the Bike Fed is also proud to be promoting the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge, which gives schools across the state a chance to win a top prize of $1000, as well as other smaller awards, for getting their students, and staff to be more active. More info on this program can be found here.
If you have additional questions, would like to volunteer, or to find out what is happening in your region contact the following people;
Madison Metropolitan School District: Sonia Dubielzig
LaCrosse County: Virginia Loehr
Milwaukee Public Schools: Jake Newborn
Other regions: Jessica Binder
Statewide Safe Routes to School Coordinator: Tressie Kamp
For information on the 2013 Walk or Wheel Challenge in the Madison area, click here