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Kids: Lace up those shoes and walk to school on October 9

October 7, 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) encourages students to walk to school on Wednesday, October 9—which has been declared International Walk to School Day.

"Wisconsin students will join thousands of students across the U.S. and in 39 other countries to raise awareness about this healthy mode of transportation," said Tressie Kamp, who oversees the state's Safe Routes to School Program. "Parents are urged to walk with their children to promote safe habits."

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes. These programs improve walking and biking travel options, promote healthier lifestyles in children at an early age, and decrease auto-related emissions near schools.

This Wednesday, organized events are planned at several Wisconsin schools; however, all students who can safely and conveniently walk to school are welcome to be part of this international day of walking. Schools and communities are asked to register their Walk to School Day events online. Last year, more than 100 events were registered in Wisconsin.

For more information on Safe Routes to School, visit the SRTS page on the WisDOT web site.

For more information, contact:
Tressie Kamp, WisDOT statewide multi-modal program manager
(608) 266-3973, tressie.kamp@dot.wi.gov

 

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