Kicking Off Another School Year

Happy back to school week!

For most of our Seattle schools, this is the first week back in action. Some others got a head start and began the 2012-13 school year last week. Here in NE Seattle, high school students started Tuesday, but for middle and elementary school kids, today is “opening day!”

It’s a great time to begin encouraging walking and biking to school. The weather is great, the long-range forecast looks excellent, and families and students are full of enthusiasm. October is International Walk to School Month and an opportunity to participate in IWalk and other walk to school programs. These first months of the school year are an excellent time for biking as well, so get creative and encourage families to do either.

Walk.bike.schools is planning a Fall kickoff meeting, so look here for details in the near future. We are currently thinking of meeting later this month to compare notes, share tips, and build on each others’ creative energy for getting Seattle’s kids walking and biking. As always, anyone interested in getting Seattle kids walking and biking is welcome to come and participate.

In the meantime, if you’re kicking off a walk or bike program at your school and have some ideas to share, let us know.

Happy back to school week!!

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2 Responses to Kicking Off Another School Year

  1. Jen Cole says:

    I saw a LOT of kids walking to Highland Park Elementary School this morning. Traffic around the school was actually better than usual, as many of the driving parents chose to park legally and walk in with their children. It’s so great when a school doesn’t feel like a drive-through!

    • Clint says:

      Agreed. It’s really sweet when enough kids are walking and biking that there’s a noticeable reduction in the near-school car chaos. Great job Highland Park!!

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