What a concept, huh? I walked to school from K-9th grade (and yes, I did have to walk uphill in the snow to get to junior high (but at least it was only uphill one way). Heck, I even rode my bike to high school until my parents gave me the old brown Toyota Corolla SR5 hatchback (with 50-lb bags of sand in the back to keep from skidding all over the place).

But now, it's all about parents driving their kids to school - partly a necessity here in Park
City as the schools are pretty spread out from the houses. Not to worry, a change is coming, even if only for 1 day...

On October 3, 2007 the Park City, Utah school system will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

Now in its ninth year, International Walk to School Day is expected to include 3,000 schools from all 50 states. The idea is to walk to school together with a purpose — to promote health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 36 countries around the world.

Approximately 1000 students from , McPolin Elementary, Parley’s Park Elementary, The Colby School, , Soaring Wings Montessori and Trailside Elementary will be walking to school that day along with parents, teachers and community leaders. These leaders include, Park City Major Dana Williams, the Park City Council and the newly appointed John Jones Safe Routes to School Coordinator from the Utah Department of Transportation.

About International Walk to School Day

  • Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
  • Today, more than 3,000 schools in the USA participate in International Walk to School Day. Nearly 3 million people participate in 36 countries.
  • Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
  • The Partnership for a Walkable America is a national coalition working to improve the conditions for walking in America and to encourage more Americans to walk regularly.
  • Organizations involved in this year’s event include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For additional information, please visit these web sites:

International Walk to School in the USA www.walktoschool.org

International Walk to School Week www.iwalktoschool.org

Partnership for a Walkable America www.walkableamerica.org