Walk, Bike and Roll to School Day on October 4
Join families across Arlington County (and, the world) in celebrating Walk and Bike to School Day this Wednesday, October 4.
Remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time? The excitement of walking to school with your neighbors?
Walking and biking provides a sense of independence and adventure that doesn’t fade with age. On Wednesday, October 4, students across Arlington County (and, around the world) will walk or roll to school in celebration of International Walk and Bike to School Day.
Whether you’re new to walking and rolling or a seasoned expert, don’t miss the chance to reap the countless community benefits. Although we could ramble off dozens of reasons to participate, below are our top 5 (OK…top 6).
1. Safer streets
Communities with higher rates of walking and bicycling tend to have lower crash rates for all travel modes. Drivers are more likely to be aware of their surroundings in areas with high pedestrian and bicycle activity. Remember what your Momma taught you – there’s safety in numbers. Having more “eyes on the street” provides a safer environment for all to enjoy.
2. Stronger sense of community
Spending time walking or biking through a neighborhood, rather than driving, promotes a sense of place and helps connect care givers, parents, and students to their community. Walking and rolling to school also nurtures an opportunity for families to chat and meet new friends along the way.
3. Boosts a healthier lifestyle
Studies have found that walking to school is associated with higher overall physical activity throughout the day, helping students meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity. Even a brief 22-minute walk can prevent chronic diseases, increase alertness, and improve overall wellness.
4. Improved accessibility & traffic congestion
Enabling families and students of all abilities to walk, bike and roll to school makes it easier for everyone in the community to get around. Reducing the number of private vehicles commuting to schools can help the County reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility for all.
5. Saves on costs
Let’s face it – walking and biking to school saves serious $$$. Families save on gas, school districts spend less on busing and communities spend less on building and maintaining roads.
6. More smiles
In addition to savoring the wind in your hair, people who walk 8.6 minutes a day are 33% more likely to report better mental health. Researchers have also found active commuters tend to enjoy the journey more than those who endure the daily gridlock…so join #APSWalkBike2School and smile more, Arlington!