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2009 Walk to School Day
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10/7/2009
When: October 7, 2009
Contact: Raquel Rivas

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Since 1997, communities around the country have been celebrating Walk to School Day. In its twelfth year, participation reached a record high with more than 2,800 events from all fifty states and the District of Columbia registering on the Walk to School Web site (www.walktoschool.org) in 2008.  Many more communities held events but did not register. Around the globe, International Walk to School Month brought together more than 40 countries in recognition of the common interest in walking to school.
 
Walk to School events are a way for schools and communities to build enthusiasm for walking to school, promote the benefits of walking and bicycling and bring visibility to any safety concerns. More than one-half (55 percent) of events are part of ongoing efforts to promote walking and bicycling throughout the year. According to a survey by the National Center for Safe Routes to School (www.saferoutesinfo.org), the top three reasons communities participate in Walk to School Day are: physical activity/obesity prevention, support for a Safe Routes to School program, and pedestrian safety.

For more information on Walk to School activities in the U.S., please visit www.walktoschool.org.

To see photos from past events, please visit www.iwalktoschool.org/photos/. Both the U.S. and the International Walk to School Web sites are hosted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

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