Why we walk:
1. Healthy bodies.
With a third of American children diagnosed as obese, increased rates of asthma from poor air quality, and rising concerns about children’s mental health, the time for our community to invest in projects that move us toward a healthier future is now.
The American Academy of Pediatricsnotes:
“Walking and bike riding are healthy ways to get to and from school. Skipping the school drop-off traffic for more active commutes can contribute to the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity kids need each day. Trips powered by feet, rather than vehicles, also can help reduce pollution, which can trigger breathing problems in children, and make neighborhoods friendlier places.”
2. Healthy minds.
Those who choose to walk or bike to school are starting their day of learning with exercise in the natural environment instead of the sedentary stress of a carline. Physical activity makes you feel better! Even a 15-minute walk can reduce the risk of depression and other mental health risks.
3. Safer environments.
Data from our Walk/Bike to School events shows us how many children and their families are using inadequate road infrastructure to get to school. We advocate for safe routes to school: sidewalks, crosswalks, crossing guards, four-way stops, safety signage, flashing beacons in school zones, and a share-the-road approach to road design and planning. Safer walking and biking infrastructure makes us all healthier.
4. Stronger communities.
All photos courtesy of Sidewalk Stompers.