School children all over Central Oregon will be walking or rolling to school this week as part of an international day promoting exercise and alternative transportation.
Kate Armstrong, Education Coordinator for Commute Options, runs a variety of Safe Routes to School programs in Central Oregon schools.
“Walking and rolling to school isn’t just for reducing the number of cars on the road. We’re getting exercise, having fun, and building life-long healthy habits.” Armstrong said. “I grew up in Bend as a kid on a bike. Getting to see the next generation having fun getting themselves to and from school is why I work teaching students how to walk and roll safely.”
Started in 1997, the International Walk and Bike to School Day is a day for schools and students to celebrate walking and biking to school.
According to Commute Options, studies show that kids who participate in active transportation, such as walking and biking, lead healthier lives and, on average, perform better in school. Walking and biking also reduces traffic around schools and neighborhoods and allows families to get to know their community.
For suggested walking map routes and information about how to walk and roll to school safely see Commute Options’ Safe Routes to School page.
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