With the beginning of a new school year, there is no better time for new students and parents to explore the benefits of biking and walking to school. October 5 is the 20th Anniversary of Walk to School Day, and students and parents all over New Jersey will be walking and bicycling to school and participating in walk and bike events throughout the month of October.

Walk and bike to school events not only emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity and encouraging healthy lifestyles among children, but also address bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. In addition, students who are physically active on the way to school arrive ready to learn and perform better in class. Walk and bike to school efforts also build connections between families, schools and the community, and encourage independence in children. The benefits of walking and bicycling to school are abundantly clear!

booton-bikeGo outside to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!  Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Walk to School Day by leaving the car at home and walking or bicycling with your children to school.

If your school or community is not involved in Walk and Bike to School events, and you are interested in learning more about Safe Routes to School programs for your school and community, please contact a SRTS Regional Coordinator in your area to find out how to get started.  Click for information on walk and bike events and how to plan walk and bike events on our website.

WALK AND BIKE TO SCHOOL RESOURCES:
In addition to our NJ Safe Routes to School website, walkbiketoschool.org has a wealth of information to assist with planning Walk and Bike to School Day. Here are a few links to some of their great resources:

Find Ideas for hosting your own walk and bike event

Register an official walk and bike event

Advertise your event by customizing a flier in Word:
Walk to School Day Customizable flier with event details
Why Bike Customizable Flier

Create fliers and banners to generate excitement for your event
Further promote your event using these tips.

 

Stay safe and enjoy an active and healthy autumn!