Celebrate International Walk/Bike to School Day Oct 4, 2006

National Center for Bicycling & Walking writes:
A recent news release invites folks to "Celebrate International Walk/Bike to School Day on October 4, 2006 and join communities in more than 35 countries to promote health, safety, and family and school connections. Walk to School events can be as simple as a few children and parents meeting to walk to school or very elaborate events held in conjunction with established Safe Routes to School programs. No matter what the size, Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic
congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community. This year marks the first International Walk to School Month. Expanding the event to the entire month of October allows more communities around the world to participate in more ways. Walk to School activities can last for a day, a week, a month or for the entire year. In the USA , the focus is on Walk to School Day and communities are encouraged to participate for the length of time that is right for them.

"Registration is now open for the 2006 event (see web link below). Registration is free and available to individuals or organizations holding a Walk to School event. By registering, users have access to a variety of downloadable materials, including certificates, templates for printing stickers and a frequent walker punch card. For six weeks leading up to Walk to School Day, registrants will also receive an e-newsletter with tips and resources on holding a Walk to School event. The National Center for Safe Routes to School of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the US ."

For more information, go to: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

To register, go to: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/register

To see who is already registered, go to: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/who