September 27, 2012
It is right around the corner, next week. I thought I'd put a little plug out there to get us thinking about how we'll be getting to school next Wednesday. It's International Walk & Bike to School Day.
Last week at our local city council meeting, the mayor proclaimed October 3, 2012 "Walk and Roll to School Day 2012" in Alameda, and my family was there to acknowledge and receive the proclamation. As part of my "thank you" comments, I highlighted the top three reasons I believe so whole-heartedly in walking and rolling to school.
- It creates community. The moment we set foot out the door and head toward school, we see neighbors, wave "hellos", and exchange "good mornings." In my 1+ year in my new neighborhood, I have never met as many families as I did in the first 5 days of walking to school.
- Increased physical activity can improve concentration. Even when I have to sit through long meetings, leaving the room to do 10 jumping jacks can help me return with more focus. A walk or bike ride to school can have the same effect on our kids.
- It reduces the number of vehicles at the school and reduces risk of accidents. Cars, glare from the sun, kids walking (sometimes darting), opening doors: it all gives me the heebie-jeebies. YIKES!
No doubt, many of our schools have traditions and ongoing walk & bike efforts. But, what if we don't? Where to start?