Weather deities smiled upon Portland for International Walk + Bike to school day. Great turnout. My six-year-old summed it up succinctly: 'Walk day is fun!' Well, except for Heather's son, who accidentally stepped in dog poop.
Why do we walk or bike or board or scoot?
- Green and human powered school trips lessen traffic congestion. Did you know that 20 to 25% of morning traffic is adults driving children to school? Ack!
- It improves air quality. Exhaust from motor vehicles is the largest source of air pollution around schools.
- It contributes to student health. Human powered trips to school on a regular basis reduce obesity rates and lessen the risk for heart disease and depression. Plus it's just darn fun to see all your peeps first thing in the morning.
- It improves academic performance by helping students concentrate and do better in school. Nothing like a little bracing autumn air to wake your mind before that school bell rings.
- It increases student safety. Here's a scary one -- 50% of children hit by cars near schools involve cars driven by parents of other students.
When the kids got to school, there were some tokens to acknowledge their efforts and a poster to sign. Love that!