Remember when you were young and you walked or biked to school? Not that long ago, many of us made the trek daily on foot. These days with schools sometimes miles away from home and streets teeming with traffic, it’s a rare few kids who are able to walk to school.
The City of Los Angeles is hoping to change that trend, and encourage families to find a safe route to school by becoming involved in the national Walk To School Day on Wednesday, October 9th. For those that live close enough to their schools – in the Larchmont area it could be Third Street, St Brendan, St James, John Burroughs or Marlborough – the idea is to get everyone up and out walking to school on that day, and perhaps for the whole month of October.
Feel like organizing the event for children at your school? Explore the Walk to School Day website that includes registration if you want to get formal about it, materials to use in organizing at your school, and a link to LA Dept of Transportation pedestrian maps that show intersections and stop signs/streetlights so you and your child can map out the best route to take to school (and get a cartography lesson to boot.) Or just add your feet to the dozens of others, and plan to walk on Monday.
Why not take the challenge, put on the sneakers, and hoof it to school? Your child may really love it, and so may you.