Walk On, Students! Video of Walk to School Day in New York City
Photo: Nick Whitaker, CCWalking Shouldn't be the ExceptionOctober is the International Walk to School Month, and Wednesday (October 7th) was Walk to School Day in New York City. Livable Streets Education and the National Center for Safe Routes to School hosted a walk to school celebration in Washington Square Park in conjunction with the Walk 21 Conference. Our friends at StreetFilms were on the scene (as usual!). Check out the video below, it has a cameo by beatbox master Rahzel.
You can find more info about Walk to School Day in the US on their website.
It began as an ideaPhoto: Nick Whitaker, CC
In 1997, the Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago, modeled after the United Kingdom's lead. Back then, it was simply a day to bring community leaders and children together to create awareness of the need for communities to be walkable.
It evolved into a movementBy the year 2002, children, parents, teachers and community leaders in all 50 states joined nearly 3 million walkers around the world to celebrate the second annual International Walk to School Day. The reasons for walking grew just as quickly as the event itself.
If you're not in the USA, you can also check out the International Walk to School Day website.
"In 2008, millions of walkers from around the world [more than 40 countries] walked to school together for various reasons - all hoping to create communities that are safe places to walk."
Walk on, students!
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