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Walk to School Day 2018

El Sol, Winchell Schools Mark the Day

El Sol and Winchell elementary school students took to the streets in October — simply to take to the streets.

The students were celebrating International Walk to School Day, a global event that involves students from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. The event launched in 1997.

Walk to School Day is celebrated as a way to promote independence and adventure. Organizers say the day promotes healthy lifestyles by encouraging children to incorporate physical activity into their day, helps the environment by reducing pollution from car traffic, and promotes walking safety.

Some of the best ways to increase the safety of a child walking or biking to school are:

• Provide safe, well-maintained walkways separate from vehicles.

• Teach children to cross streets at marked crossings and to always look left-right-left.

• Slow traffic in neighborhoods and near schools through traffic calming strategies and enforcement efforts.

• Work with parents of children with disabilities and special education professionals to identify accessibility barriers.

• Ensure that walkways are continuous and meet national accessibility standards.

• Install curb ramps at every intersection and at mid-block crossings.

• Provide accessible pedestrian signals at intersections.

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