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10/4/2016
For Immediate Release
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​BVSD Communications - 720-561-5825 / communications@bvsd.org


 

​CW, mascot of the Heads Up: Mind the Crosswalk safety campaign, prepares to cross the street. See CW at Crest View Elementary School Wednesday morning!


Boulder Valley School District Promotes Safe Streets and Healthy Kids

20th Anniversary of Walk to School Day on October 5

Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Walk to School Day on October 5. Walk to School Day began in 1997 as an international event to encourage walking to school to boost healthy habits, safe streets and clean air. BVSD's event began in 2001, marking this the 15th year of Walk to School Day in the district. This year, 34 schools throughout the district will join 5,000 elementary schools nationwide for the National Center for Safe Routes to School Walk to School Day. Adopting a strategy called Ride & Stride, BVSD school buses will drop off students at satellite locations from where they will walk to school. The goal of Walk to School Day is to promote safe streets and healthy kids through the practices of walking and cycling to school.

 

BVSD's Walk to School Day supports the City of Boulder's Vision Zero initiative which aims to reduce to zero the number of fatalities and serious injuries resulting from traffic accidents. The City of Boulder's transportation department, GO Boulder, is partnering with BVSD on this initiative, as it reinforces the City's Transportation Master Plan, which aims to get more people walking and biking in order to reduce vehicle miles of travel (VMT) in the Boulder Valley by 20 percent by 2035. Eco-Cycle will partner with BVSD on Used Shoe Collection to re-purpose shoes during the week of Walk to School Day. The used shoes collected as part of this project will be sorted at the Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) and shipped for reuse around the world.

The mayors of Boulder and Lafayette will be participating in this year's event as part of the Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, engaging local public officials to build a community-wide movement for multi-modal transportation.

"Healthy kids become healthy adults. BVSD's Walk to School Day highlights the simple changes students and parents can make every day to improve healthy lifestyles while promoting environmental sustainability. The City of Lafayette is passionate about programs like Walk to School Day that encourage healthy habits at a young age that translate into adulthood," said Lafayette Mayor Christine Berg.

*Media are invited to cover these special events at BVSD schools!* 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Crest View Elementary School, Boulder
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Crest View Elementary School at 1897 Sumac Ave, Boulder
What: Special guest CW, the safety mascot of the City of Boulder's "Heads Up: Mind the Crosswalk," public campaign, which targets drivers, pedestrians and cyclists at the crosswalks with the highest number of incidents and at local elementary schools. 

 

Lafayette Elementary School, Lafayette
TIME: 7:30 a.m.
LOCATION: East side of Waneka Lake, Lafayette
WHAT: PE teacher, Bruce Buchanan will meet a group of students on bikes on the east side of Waneka Lake to ride to school with them.

 

Monarch PK-8 School, Louisville (two events)
TIME: 8:15-8:50 a.m.
LOCATION: Monarch P8: 263 Campus Drive Louisville, CO 80027
WHAT: Walk to School Day celebration featuring Monarch's School Mascot, Monty the Mustang!

TIME: 8:10 a.m.-8:50 a.m.
LOCATION: corner of Muirfield Circle and Saint Andrews Drive on the East side of the Coal Creek Ranch neighborhood, Louisville
WHAT: Stride & Ride location, buses will drop off students remotely to walk to school from drop off point.


"Walk to School Day promotes increased walking and biking to school year round," said BVSD's Transportation Options Coordinator Landon Hilliard. "We are training the next generation of walking and biking enthusiasts while providing students, parents and schools with tools to promote pedestrian safety." 

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About International Walk to School Day

  • Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
  • In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.
  • The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School and Bike to School activities in the United States.
  • Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
  • Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the United States include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

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