Wednesday marks 'Walk to School Day'
Posted October 8, 2008 6:34 a.m. EDT
Updated October 8, 2008 10:36 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Wednesday marked International Walk to School Day, and hundreds of students across the Triangle hoofed it the old-fashioned way.
Goals of the national event include increasing physical activity, bringing attention to obesity and identifying safe walking and biking routes.
A generation ago, more than 40 percent of all U.S. school children walked or biked to school. As of 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 16 percent of children walked or biked to school.
The Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago in 1997, modeled after the United Kingdom’s walk to school events.
In the U.S., Walk to School grows in numbers each year.
In 2007, all 50 states held Walk to School events, for an estimated total of 5,000 schools. Also last year, events registered at walktoschool.org increased by 35 percent from the 2006 number.