Walk to School Day offers exercise alternative

Posted October 3, 2008

The N.C. Division of Public Health is encouraging students to take an alternate route to school on Wednesday. Children who are more physically active benefit from increased alertness, which can help them do better in school.

Oct. 8 is International Walk to School Day. “Walk to School Day is a fun opportunity for children and their families to get some physical activity and provides a great way to learn and practice safe walking skills. We want children and their families to incorporate walking into their everyday lives, ” Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief of the Chronic Disease and Injury Section of the Division of Public Health, said.


The event also brings attention to the need for communities to ensure safer routes for walking and bicycling.

Advocates of the event offered these safety tips for those who would walk or bike to school.

  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, face the traffic so that you can see cars coming and keep as far from the roadway (as far away from the traffic) as possible.
  • Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks. If there is a crosswalk button, press the button and wait for the walk sign to indicate that it is safe to cross.
  • Stop at the curb or edge of the road, look left, then right, and then left again (left right-left) before you step into the street.
  • If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car then go to the edge of the car and look left right-left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing.
  • Walk, don’t run. This gives time for drivers to see you before you enter the roadway.

    Always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and complies with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Standards when riding a bike.
  • Ride on the right side of the road or trail in a single file (one bicycle behind another) in the same direction as other vehicles, and come to a complete stop before crossing streets.
  • Always use proper hand signals when turning and stopping.
  • Use a bicycle bell to alert pedestrians that you are passing (this helps prevent crashes).

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Oct 8, 2008

    We bus them all over so we will have an equal # of color in each room -

    Not a tasteful comment. True we do have diverse schools today. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem in today's society of the danger out there with children (young & older) walking to their school. Child molesters, etc. are always on the alert and prowling around for children. I hope the parents that allow their child or children to walk to school, the parent will be walking with them. Sure walking will be good for the children, just be aware of the dangers lurking around.

  • rnsjr Oct 8, 2008

    When I was a kid I used to have to walk 20 miles to school in the snow barefoot. Now quit whining.

  • headlong Oct 8, 2008

    12 plus miles to two of the schools that my children only goes 4 sidewalks...45-55 MPH roads.

  • lizard Oct 6, 2008

    Neighborhood schools were outlawed by court order back in the 60's and 70's. Keep electing leftists and see what else happens.

  • beth3 Oct 3, 2008

    We do go to our neighborhood school, but take safety risks every morning walking our children to school because we don't have a painted crosswalk, a crossing guard, and police do not enforce the 25 mph school zone. I guess Wake County would rather have my children sit through a 30 minute bus route than walk .3 miles to school. So much for neighborhood school walkability!

  • ker4me Oct 3, 2008

    What do you mean that you don't want your kid to walk to school?? It's only 13 miles from home... across a busy highway...

    Who thinks this stuff up?

  • Hevans1012 Oct 3, 2008

    Gee maybe we could do that if our children went to NEIGHBORHOOD schools! Wonder what time my kids would have to leave to get to Wakefield 10 miles away?!?!

  • maddiesmom972 Oct 3, 2008

    How in the world can kids walk to school? We bus them all over so we will have an equal # of color in each room -