Reviving the Walk to School Habit

Oct 9, 2013

Rosanne Waters, parent volunteer, escorts students to school for Marguerite Hahn Elementary School's Walk and Roll to School Day in Rohnert Park.
Credit KRCB

Oct. 9 was International Walk and Roll to School Day -- a day when kids around the world get to school by foot, bike, scooter, skateboard, roller blade or unicycle. The day encourages students and families to leave the car at home.

According to Safe Routes to School about half of students walked or biked to school in 1969, just over 10 percent do today. Parents cite a lack of walking infrastructure among the reasons why they drive their kids to school. Groups like the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition are trying to change that. KRCB joined local students from Marguerite Hahn Elementary in a "walking school bus" to see the action from the streets. 

Margurite Hahn was one of the more than 500 Californian schools who took part in Walk to School Day. Learn more about the day through Safe Route's Facebook page

Bike train getting ready to leave the town green in Windsor on Walk and Roll to School Day
Credit Courtesy Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition