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APS To Host Walk and Bike to School Day Tomorrow

by ARLnow.com October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am 2,311 13 Comments

Tomorrow is Bike and Walk to School Day for Arlington Public Schools.

The event, part of International Walk to School Month, “encourages students to walk and bike to school while teaching the health and environmental benefits of walking and biking,” according to the school system. Parents are also encouraged to participate.

In addition to encouraging walking and biking as part of a healthy lifestyle, Walk and Bike to School Day “raises community awareness about the importance of pedestrian safety education, safe routes to schools, well-maintained walkways, and traffic calming in neighborhoods and around schools.”

This year, McKinley Elementary School will serve as the public face of Walk and Bike to School Day. In recognition of the many students who walk to school at McKinley, Arlington Public Schools will be setting up refreshment stands and holding a before-school rally for McKinley students and parents.

The refreshment stands will be set up, starting at 8:30 a.m., at the intersection of N. 11th Street and N. Potomac Street, at 1030 N. McKinley Road and at 14th Street N. and N. Ohio Street (where buses will drop students off, to allow them to walk a couple of blocks to school).

The rally will take place at the school field at 8:45 a.m., and will feature McKinley administrators, PTA representatives, Arlington School Board Members, Arlington Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy, Arlington County Board members, school transportation staff, crossing guards, police officers and Walk Arlington staff. Classes will start at 9:00 a.m., according to the school system.

“This is the 13th consecutive year that APS has participated in ‘International Walk or Bike to School Month,’ and since 1999, APS and Arlington County have worked together to create walk-friendly neighborhoods,” Arlington Public Schools said in a media advisory. “As part of this effort, materials have been produced for families with children attending Arlington Public Schools’ elementary and middle schools. These include maps and Web resources for county residents who want to walk or bicycle throughout the community.”

  • Ballston Resident

    Very good program. Congratulations to APS for their creativity.

  • novasteve

    Given how incompetent the drivers are here, you’d put these kids at risk of some car flipping on them as they walk to school. And I’m not even being sarcastic.

  • KARLington

    It’s never to early to start breeding tomorrow’s rude cyclists and clueless pedestrians.

    • Lou

      Hey, let’s just applaud these little kids for leaving their cars at home for just this one day.

    • SomeGuy

      KARLington, it’s also never too early for you to get involved in your community and help them NOT end up that way if you feel so strongly about it.

      I think it’s great if it gets some kids off their lazy… butts.

    • Normal Person

      KARlington, who are you and what in the world in wrong with you? You seriously think it’s a bad idea of children to walk and bike to school? Were you ever a child? Don’t you remember other children walking and biking to school? What on earth is wrong with encouraging kids and their parents to get a little exercise and not to clog up our streets with more cars? Maybe, jsut maybe, if they walk and bike more as kids they’ll be a little more attentive when they grow up.

      And if you really think walkers and bikers are so clueless and rude, what makes you think these same people will behave any better behind the wheel of a car? You certainly don’t behave any better in front of a keyboard.

  • From the Hill

    Watch out for increased APD traffic enforcement tomorrow. Especially around elementary schools…

  • UnlimitedCustoms

    Maybe WFS will have Go to School day?

  • charlie

    will the parents drive to get their refereshments?

    i go by multitude of schools on my daily drives thru ARlinton and I’m TOTALLY impressed by the number of kids biking to school.

  • These kids who normally ride the bus are going to be winded. Compared to when I was a kid, bus stops are seemingly at every house now. I used to have to walk 8 miles, up hill both directions, in the snow just to get to my bus stop. It seems now the only thing to make the bus stop walk any shorter is to pull right into a house driveway. Maybe that’s next.

  • JMB

    No way my 8th grader is going to be willing to leave her Volvo at home tomorrow.

  • charlie

    saw a bunch of kids biking to school today.
    most of them probably should not have been out on the road during morning rush hour (clearly lacking on road biking skills to be in heavy sun blinded traffic)– and I was more worried about the bat-out-of-hell soccer-moms in their mini-vans not seeing these kids. The rest of the commuters saw them and would move over. Not the minivans.

  • roquer

    I’d sure like it if we could get back to teaching kids not to cross the street when cars are coming, or to walk out without looking. It’s like none of them have momma’s that do that, or brains to figure it out for themselves. Among all the crap that schools teach that are worthless, could we return to teaching this as well? Might save a few of the little darlin’s lives.

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