Not only is walking a fun activity that promotes independence in children, it also incorporates physical activity into daily habits. This day of global awareness about the benefits of walking to school has over 4,100 events registered in all 50 states and will involve millions of children the world over.
Head to the Walk Bike to School website to register for an existing event, or to create your own. Identify who is walking in your area with their interactive map, or create a route with their path builder. The website has guides and step-by-step tips to help educate and engage your community in promoting walkability.
The Fire Up Your Feet activity challenge is another way to encourage active lifestyles through physical activity. Students, parents, and teachers can track activity minutes to, from, and during school to participate in the challenge. Free education and teaching guides, walkability checklists, posters, webinars, and videos are available to anyone wanting to participate.
For those looking for resources, the National Center for Safe Routes to School has data that can be used to generate reports and examine conditions around specific schools. Community Commons also has maps that show walkability near schools using data like Walk Score and Pedestrian Road Network Density.