Tomorrow is International Walk to School Day, and there are a bunch of schools and organizations participating (Cities of Champaign and Urbana, MTD, Unit 4, etc). You can check out RPC’s safe walking routes for schools, and check out the press release below.
From the press release:
Champaign-Urbana to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 4th, 2017
Dr. King, Thomas Paine, Yankee Ridge, Wiley, Leal, and Dr. Williams in Urbana and Bottenfield, Southside, and Carrie Busey in Champaign and Savoy will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 4th, 2017.
Participating schools include: Dr. King, Thomas Paine, Yankee Ridge, Wiley, Leal, and Dr. Williams in Urbana. Bottenfield, Southside, and Carrie Busey in Champaign and Savoy. Urbana Mayor Marlin will be walking with students at Leal Elementary this year and issued a proclamation at last night’s Urbana Council meeting naming tomorrow Walk to School Day.
Participating schools in Urbana will be gathering between 7:45 and 8 a.m. at designated locations to walk to school together.
Students from the participating schools will walk to school along with parents, teachers, local officials, U of I Student Athletes and community leaders.
In the United States, International Walk to School Day is expected to include more than 5,000 events across all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
Walk to School Day events create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.
The event is being organized by Cynthia Hoyle of the C-U Safe Routes to School Project, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Urbana and Champaign school districts, and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD). The event is part of a larger Safe Routes to School Program operated through C-U SRTS Project in cooperation with the school districts and cities.
Walk to School Day in the USA www.walktoschool.org.