Ohio to celebrate International Walk To School
to walk or bike to school
COLUMBUS – Students, parents, teachers
and local community members are encouraged to celebrate International Walk to
School Day on Wednesday, October 2nd. The observance highlights the
benefits of walking to school and raises awareness of the importance of
children’s safety while walking or biking to school.
This year, more than 95 Ohio schools
have registered their school for the event through a national database. See
which schools have registered at www.walkbiketoschool.org.
“Opportunities to walk to school improve
student health, air quality, and community safety,” said Cait Harley, ODOT’s
Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Manager. “Drivers should slow
down and look for students walking along and crossing the road near schools on
this day and all days.”
ODOT's Safe Routes to
School program provides $4 million each year for building or
improving sidewalks and crosswalks. The program also funds education and
Your Move Ohio, offers these safety
Safety tips for motorists:
your phone away.
Speed limits are the maximum.
to people walking at intersections and marked crosswalks. Every intersection is a
crosswalk – painted or not.
pass a vehicle
stopped at a crosswalk.
people biking at least 3 feet when passing. Bikes are vehicles and can
legally use the full travel lane.
walking and biking when making a turn.
out for people walking and biking, especially outside of daylight hours and in the rain.
Safety tips for pedestrians:
at intersections or in marked crosswalks.
in the opposite direction of traffic.
clothing and lights can increase visibility.
Learn more, register an
event and get involved with International Walk to School Day at walkbiketoschool.org.
Your Move Ohio
ODOT created Your Move Ohio (YourMove.ohio.gov)
in response to a multi-year surge in fatal bicycle and pedestrian crashes and
epidemic levels of chronic diseases – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes
– in the state. Its main goals are to encourage more Ohioans to choose active
transportation and improve safety for everyone on Ohio’s roadways.