May 1st, 2013

Why We Walked to School

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Groovy Green Livin walked to school

We walked to school today. To some of you that may not sound like a big deal. Walking or biking to school may be a part of your daily routine. But for us it’s not a regular occurrence. Today was walk or bike to school day in our community, a day where the big yellow bus didn’t take our kids to school.

Way back when someone had the not-so-brilliant idea to create little pockets of housing around town without sidewalks. We happen to live in an area where there are sidewalks, but once you reach the tip of the neighborhood you’re dumped onto a main thoroughfare without sidewalks and without a safe way to school. Big bummer.

So today we joined together with a few neighbors and met up with kids from all over to walk and bike to school together.

My oldest decided to bike to school. I walked to school with my younger two.

Groovy Green Livin Bike walked to school

Why walk or bike to school?

  • It’s fun. And that it was. I had a chance to walk and talk with my kids and others for a mile walk. Usually we’re rushing around trying to get out in the morning so this was a great way to start the day.
  • We used our feet instead of a car or bus. When families decide to lace up their sneakers or strap on their bike helmets to get to school  instead of riding in a car or bus, they help reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted.
  • In 2009, 203,000 children ages 15 and younger were injured in motor vehicles crashes; 15,000 of those injured were pedestrians (NHTSA, 2011). Teaching children how to look both ways and walk or bike with caution was a big component of the walk. We had our own police escort with flashing lights. Very fancy.

We clearly weren’t the only ones who decided to walk or bike to school today.

Groovy Green Livin Walked to School

Why we should ride or walk to school more often

A Danish study this past year looked at nearly 20,000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 19. It found that kids who cycled or walked to school, rather than traveling by car or public transportation, performed measurably better on tasks demanding concentration, such as solving puzzles, and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school.

And then there’s the benefit of physical fitness. Being active before sitting in a classroom all day is priceless. Learning to incorporate fitness into your daily routine is a precious life skill.

We are active as a family, but I’m determined to make walking or biking to school happen more often. Logistically it’s not that easy, but it’s doable and it’s a necessity.

Do you or your kids walk or bike every day?

In honor of  not-so Wordless Wednesday I’ve linked up with Better in Bulk, Dagmar’s MomsenseLive and Love Out Loud, Project Alicia,  From PDX with Love and I Thought I Knew Mama.

7 Responses to “Why We Walked to School”

  1. There should be more days like these all over the country!! We are currently looking to move closer to the school our boys will be attending next year. I want to be able to walk my boys to school.
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  2. After Hurricane Sandy I walked my kids to and from daycare everyday to conserve gas so those without power could power their generators. It was cold but we bundled up and went out. My oldest keeps asking me when we can do it again, I always answered when the weather is warmer. Now that it is warmer I am considering walking them to and from everyday that it is not raining.
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  3. We usually walk, or I run or bike and push/pull them in the stroller/trailer. But when I have more time, they bike. Even last year, the 2-yr-old biked to daycare. I’m lucky that we live close (preschool is less than a mile away), and I’m hoping that next year we end up in the nearby school instead of the faraway school we’re zoned for, so it’s still easy to get to school on foot/bike.

  4. My boys are both in high school now and one my favorite things about where we live is that it is pretty much a straight path for them from home to school. We drive them in the morning, but they walk home every day. Wish you had a safer way for your kids to get to school….totally stinks there aren’t sidewalks the whole way.
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  5. My 2nd grader has been walking to school lately too. It helps to have a pack of friends to walk with!
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  6. Hi Micaela, having friends definitely helps!Unfortunately it’s still too far and too unsafe for my guys to walk most days.

  7. You are so lucky to live in an area where you have the ability to walk. I wish we had a safer way too-wasn’t on my radar when we were house shopping!

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