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Posted: Sep 25, 2019 by jgibbons@chattanooga.gov

Local Schools to Celebrate International Walk to School Day

Chattanooga, Tenn. (September 24, 2019): The Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (the TPO), Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, Bike Walk Chattanooga, Bike Walk Cleveland, Bradley County Health Department, and TN Highway Safety Office’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Initiative have partnered with area schools for International Walk to School Day to promote safe routes to school, encourage healthy activities, and strengthen community relationships.

Locally, 11 schools in three school districts, six cities, and two states will be joining thousands of schools across all 50 states and in more than 40 countries around the world. 

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safe routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, and creating connections between families, schools, and the broader community. Participating schools will be supported by local first responders, adding a great opportunity for our students to interact with our hometown heroes.

“Walk to School Day is a great opportunity for students to start the day off with a healthy, fun, activity,” said Jonathan Gibbons, Senior Multimodal Transportation Planner for the TPO, “As we look forward to the start of fall, we hope this event will inspire students and their families to think of walking as a great way to get around and enjoy the beauty of our region.” 

Parents, teachers, community leaders, local first responders, and students will participate in these scheduled Walk to School events. Please see the picture above for specific information.

These events have been organized by the individual schools in cooperation with local and regional organizations; please note that this list is not exhaustive and additional schools may be participating in Walk to School Day. Representatives from the following organizations will walk with the students:


Bike Walk Chattanooga
Bike Walk Cleveland
Chattanooga Department of Transportation
Chattanooga Fire Department
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency & Transportation Planning Organization
Chattanooga Police Department
Signal Mountain Police Department
Soddy-Daisy Police Department
Lookout Mountain, GA Police Department
Hamilton County Department of Education
TN Highway Safety Office’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Outdoor Chattanooga

 

For more information on International Walk to School Day, please visit:

National Center for Safe Routes to School

Walk & Bike to School

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