INTERNATIONAL WALK (And Roll) TO SCHOOL DAY

OCTOBER 8, 2003
30 Marin County Schools Currently Set to Participate

Wednesday, October 8th is International Walk (and Roll) to School Day. Students from 30 schools in Marin County are now set to join millions of children from at least 30 countries who will be walking and biking to school for this world-wide event. Children, their families and neighbors will be walking for their health, for the health and safety of their communities, and for the fun of it (See www.cawalktoschool.com).

Marin Safe Routes to Schools is organizing events in schools across Marin. Wendi Kallins, Program Director for Marin Safe Routes to Schools says, "As we move into our 4th year for Safe Routes to Schools, we really want families to discover the treasures in their neighborhoods by walking and bicycling. International Walk and Roll to School Day is a great way to get started!"

Teams of parents and students are designating "staging areas" where students who live far from school can gather and join neighborhood children for "walking school buses" and "bike trains" to school. There will be banners and signs, balloons and treats for participants. The event transforms the journey to school into a joyous occasion, reducing traffic and recapturing the days when children flooded the streets every morning.

The 30 schools in Marin County that are now planning events for October 8th include:

  • Fairfax: Manor and St. Rita's
  • Mill Valley: Edna Maguire, Tam Valley, Old Mill, MV Middle, Mt. Tam and Marin Horizon
  • San Rafael: Vallecito, Dixie, Mary Silveira, Miller Creek, Gallinas, Glenwood, and Bahia Vista
  • San Anselmo: Brookside Schools and Wade Thomas
  • Tiburon: Bel Aire and Reed
  • Ross: Ross School
  • Corte Madera: Neil Cummins School
  • Larkspur St. Patrick's
  • Kentfield: Bacich, and Kent Middle School
  • West Marin: Bolinas/Stinson and Lagunitas
  • Novato: Pleasant Valley, Rancho and Hill Middle School

Additional schools in Marin County can still get involved in this event by calling Melanie Grubman, Safe Routes to Schools Outreach Coordinator at (415) 456-3469 x5#.

Marin's Safe Routes to Schools program is a national model, recognized for its huge success in shifting children from cars to feet. The Marin County Congestion Management Agency has determined that 21% of morning traffic is parents driving their children to school. In addition, there are alarming statistics on the increase in child obesity due to poor diet and lack of exercise. This increases children's risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Safe Routes to Schools is an international initiative that encourages children to walk and bike to school by combining education, incentives, community organizing and engineering improvements. The Marin Safe Routes to Schools program (www.saferoutestoschools.org) is a program of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, under contract with the City of San Rafael, representing the cities and county of Marin, with funding provided the Marin County Congestion Management Agency, the Marin Community Foundation, and private donations.

CONTACT: Deb Hubsmith, MCBC Executive Director, (415) 456-3469, x1#


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