Walk This Way

There are many different ways to answer the question, “How do you get to school?” We hope that you walk or ride your bike… we hope that you walk with your student or that you ride with them. We hope that if your student walks, they walk with you or with friends.
The question of walking or biking to school also questions the existence of a safe route to school. Do you have to walk on a street? Do you have to cross busy streets? Is there adequate traffic control to allow you a safe route to school?
How do you decide which is the safest route to school? Do you ask the school administration? Do you test walk several routes before deciding which is the safest route? Do you rely on the city to provide you with safe route to school information?
If you do not allow your student to walk to school, what is the primary reason for not allowing them to do so? Are you worried about the safety of your child? If so, are you worried about crime? Are you worried about unsafe traffic conditions? If you are worried about traffic conditions, are they the traffic conditions along the path to school or the traffic conditions around the school at drop-off and pick-up time?
When it comes to the act of walking and/or biking to school, it seems that the questions(s) are so much more complex than they “used” to be. Why we encourage students to walk or bike to school is that we believe that the activity is a great way to get them ready for a day in the classroom. We believe that the social interaction that comes along with walking your student to school or that your student experiences by walking with friends is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle… much like the family meal.
Lincoln Walks to School, the Teach a Kid to Fish Safe Routes to School initiative, endeavors to create a social norm within the district that is accepting and supportive of walking and biking to school and school-related activities. Much or our work in the schools engages students to be advocates for healthy lifestyle choices.
We urge everyone in the community to be advocates for healthy lifestyle choices. Ask questions of your schools and your local governmental representatives that will lead the way to a healthier and happier community. Be role models for your children and your community.
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