Walk to School Day celebrated by THP
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Tennessee Highway Safety Office celebrates the 20th Walk to School Day October 5th by promoting child pedestrian safety.
Organizers say the energizing event allows parents, teachers, and children to engage in physical outdoor activity while practicing vital pedestrian safety skills.
Thus far in 2016, more than 1,000 pedestrians were involved in Tennessee traffic crashes, and 73 pedestrians have been killed, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s TITAN Division.
In an effort to prevent future injuries and fatalities, the THSO encourages parents, school administrators, and community leaders to participate in Walk to School Day to help children learn and exercise pedestrian safety skills.
From the official event webpage: The first National Walk to School Day – called Walk Our Children to School Day – was held in 1997. In May 2012, the first-ever National Bike to School Day was celebrated across the USA. Learn more about the compelling history of the walk and bike to school movement.
A national event can be an amazing impetus for change in communities. Through annual surveys, local Walk to School Day coordinators across the country have told us how a simple one-day event has led to great changes such as long-term walking and bicycling programs, new sidewalks and pathways, enforcement of unsafe driving behaviors and needed policy changes at schools and in communities. Improvements that normally take a long time to institute can happen quickly when city officials walk or bicycle to school with students and see firsthand what needs to be done.