Nevada schoolchildren encouraged to participate in walk to school day on October 6
CARSON CITY, Nevada. – Many Nevada school children will be participating in events organized to walk or cycle to school on October 6 in recognition of National Walk to School Day.
Walking and cycling to school events are planned in Carson City, Clark, Douglas, Lyon and other counties. The Washoe County School District will host events on September 29. Children who are not attending an organized school event are encouraged to plan now to safely walk or cycle to school as a family on October 6 and other days.
“Walk to School Day is an opportunity for kids to learn about pedestrian and cyclist safety,” said NDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Scott Bohemier. “Physical activity at an early age, such as walking or cycling, helps reduce heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses associated with obesity. In addition, walking or cycling to school can greatly reduce the traffic resulting from children being driven to school. We hope that families will use International Walk to School Day to make walking and cycling to school part of their daily routine.
During National Walk to School Day and every day, drivers should monitor children walking and cycling to school and be alert to speed reductions in school zones, as well as at the start of the school year. Motorists should also only pass cyclists when it is safe to do so with at least three feet of space between the bicycle and the vehicle and never pass a vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk. Pedestrians and cyclists should only cross streets when they are safe and always look for vehicles before and during crossing. By state law, no U-turns or overtaking is allowed in active school zones or school passage areas.
To learn more about specific School Walk Day events, contact the Nevada Department of Transportation Manager of Active Transportation, Scott Bohemier at (775) 888-RIDE, [email protected] or find information on walking at bicyclenevada.com. Further information on the event and registration is also available at walkbiketoschool.org.