City of Davidson: Davidson Schools Celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 6
September 29, 2021
Davidson students, families and community members will join students around the world in celebrating International Walk to School Day on October 6.
This event is organized in partnership with the North Carolina Safe Routes to School program and aims to raise awareness of pedestrian safety, environmental conservation, the importance of physical activity and city engagement. Davidson to be a friendly community for walking and cycling.
Drivers should exercise caution, as students will walk and cycle to school with parents and caregivers along sidewalks, low-traffic streets and greenways. Police officers and community volunteers will be stationed at major crossroads in the city. All activities will follow current health and safety guidelines. Some schools will also engage in pedestrian-themed activities during the school day.
âWe are delighted that the school is back in business and we can encourage students to participate in this walk to school event,â said Davidson Parks and Recreation Director Leslie Willis. “As a city, we encourage walking, cycling and other means of personal mobility. Numerous studies show that walking has a positive effect on children’s mental well-being.”
If you’re interested in a school bike / walk card or volunteering on October 6, visit https://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/1432/Bike-Walk-to-School
For more information on Davidson’s International Walk to School Day, please contact Davidson Parks and Recreation at (704) 892-3349 or [email protected]
Additional information on the International Walk to School Day is also available at:
About “International Walk to School Day”
Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk-to-school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries came together to create the âInternational Day of the Walk to Schoolâ.
In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to help communities enable and encourage children to safely walk and cycle to school.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for âWalk to Schoolâ activities in the United States.
âWalk to School Dayâ started out as a simple idea: children and parents, school and local officials walked to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event that reminds everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and cycle. Schools emphasize health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
Organizations supporting âInternational Walk to School Dayâ in the United States include America Walks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. In North Carolina, the Active Routes to School project is a Safe Routes to School partnership between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Division of Public Health.
This press release was produced by the City of Davidson. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.