It's International Walk to School Day again — a day when many of us ask ourselves, “Why don't we go to our neighborhood school again?” Whatever your reasons, if you are part of the community that does not live within walking or biking distance, The National Center for Safe Routes to School has some suggestions for observing Walk To School Day when it's too far to walk.
If you CAN walk or ride to school, be on the lookout for messaging coming from your school during the first week of October. Many schools organize meet up points so that families can walk part of the way together.
I walk my daughter the mile to preschool during dry weather, but we drive my son to first grade because it starts much earlier. Biking? He is just learning and the route is fairly uphill. So, I have plenty of excuses, but I pledge to make an effort on October 5 to reduce our drive and talk about how walking is better for our health, and for the planet.
Here are links to a few of the East Bay events: Alameda, Fremont, Kensington, and Oakland
What does your school have planned? Want to be the planner? Here's how to get started.
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