Fill the Bike Racks not the Gas Tanks

Wednesday, OCTOBER 8, 2008

International Walk to School DayEconomy got you down? Tired of seeing your dollars drain away at the gas pump? Then park that car and join millions around the world on the 9th annual International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th. Students from 45 Marin County schools will be taking to the streets to walk, bike, skate, or scooter to school. As the ranks of those coming on their own power fill the streets, the traffic will diminish to almost nothing around schools. That’s good for commuters, good for the environment and good for the pocketbook. And most of all, the festive atmosphere is fun for everyone.

International Walk to School Day promotes healthy lifestyles and a cleaner environment by inviting children and their parents to walk or bike to school for this world-wide event which has grown to include over 41 countries on every continent. (see www.iwalktoschool.org).

Marin County neighborhoods and volunteers are organizing “walking school buses” and “bike trains” for International Walk to School Day. With concerns about Global warming mounting, and gas prices soaring, choosing to leave the car at home for the journey to school is one small step that any family can take.

There will be banners, hand-painted signs and extra police staffing at participating schools. Safe Routes to Schools, a program of the Transportation Authority of Marin, is working closely with volunteer team leaders at each school to organize and promote the event. Each school has been given a supply of magnets to give away and many schools also received Z-bars and Fruit Roll-ups from Clif bars. Students will also get stickers to proudly display how they got to school. For those who live too far to walk or bike, they can carpool, take the bus, or drive part way and park at designated meeting places to join the parade..

International Walk to School DayHighlights:

  • Bacich School in Kentfield has already organized regular Walking School Buses from various locations around the school.
  • Clif Bar representatives will be personally giving away Fruit Roll-ups at Edna Maguire School in Mill Valley.
  • Tam Valley School in Mill Valley will again close the street to let walkers spread out to fill the entire road leading up to the school.
  • Miller Creek students will be walking from Miller Creek Ave. to highlight the need to keep freeway jumpers from clogging their roads.
  • Manor School and White Hill School in Fairfax will join forces to see if they can top last year’s 100+ riders in their bike train from town hall.
  • Students from St. Anselms School and Wade Thomas in San Anselmo will be meeting at Creek Park to head down San Anselmo Ave. to reach their respective schools.

The schools in Marin County that are now planning events for October 8th include:

  • Fairfax: Manor School, Daycaring Preschool and White Hill Middle School
  • Mill Valley: Edna Maguire, Tam Valley, Old Mill, Strawberry, Mt. Tam, Park and Mill Valley Middle School
  • San Rafael: Vallecito, Dixie, Coleman, Sun Valley, Laurel Del, Mary Silviera, and Miller Creek Middle School.
  • San Anselmo: Brookside Schools, upper and lower, Wade Thomas, St. Anselms, Drake High Schools San Anselmo Preschool
  • Tiburon: Bel Aire, Reed and Del Mar Middle School
  • Corte Madera: Neil Cummins School and Lycee Francais
  • Larkspur/Kentfield: St. Patrick’s, Marin Primary and Middle School, Bacich, Kent Middle School, Redwood High School and Hall Middle School
  • West Marin: Lagunitas Schools, West Marin School
  • Novato: San Jose Middle, Rancho, Lynwood, Lu Sutton, Hamilton, Olive, Loma Verde, Pleasant Valley and San Ramon Schools

Schools in Marin County can still get involved in this event by calling Laura Kelly, Safe Routes to Schools at (415) 456-3469 x 2#.

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