Mayor Chris Beutler and Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Superintendent, Dr. Steve Joel, encourage students to join them in celebrating "International Walk to School Day" Wednesday, October 6.
"About 20 children are injured in pedestrian accidents each year in Lincoln," said Mayor Beutler. "Getting students to school safely is a top priority for our community, and we need everyone's help to make that happen. Taking part in this international event also demonstrates how walking promotes improved health and lessens traffic at schools."
"Walking to school is a great way for children to be more active," said Kelly Morgan, program coordinator for Safe Routes Nebraska. "Safe Routes Nebraska provides resources to help schools and communities get children out of the car and on their feet."
International Walk to School Day events in Lincoln include the following:
At 8:10 a.m. two other groups will begin walking to Eastridge, one from the corner of Mulder Drive and Eldon Drive and the other from the corner of 49th and "L" streets. These will be organized as "walking school buses" with adults walking a route and students joining along the way.
When all three groups meet at Eastridge about 8:36 a.m., they will participate in a Welcome to School event with comments form Mayor Beutler, Supt. Joel and Kelly Morgan of Safe Routes Nebraska as well as a healthy breakfast from Hy-Vee.
Recommended walking routes are available from school principals, the City website at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: schools) and the LPS web site at lps.org. Parents are encouraged to contact the principal if a plan has not been developed for their school. The City also works with LPS every year on the "Safe Walk and Safe Ride to School Night" in August, and the Police Department conducts a back-to-school enforcement project at the beginning of every school year.