What are parents saying about Safe Routes to School?

I have been inspired recently by anecdotes. Stories that have been going around about conversations or things overheard on Walk to School Day or in Safe Routes to School programs. This is not data, it is not evidence based research. It is how people feel and how Safe Routes to School makes a difference. Here are a few of my anecdotes.

Thank you for what you do. I walk everyday with my 8th grader and it is the only time he will talk to me. There is something about walking that makes him open up. -Takoma Park parent on Walk to School Day

I used to pick my son up from school on our bikes, we would ride the trails home and he would tell me about his day. -Prince George’s County parent

It’s Walking Wednesday-we should walk. -Fairfax County parent in business attire pulling a wagon with a bass when asked why she just didn’t drive the instrument to school.

And one more from a student, they are more perceptive than we think!

If I am really tired and I ride to school it helps my brain to start to get all those gears in action so when I get to school I am awake and ready to start the school day. – Fairfax County student Carina who was featured in Nickelodeon’s World Wide Day of Play with the bike train she started with her dad.

I know there are more stories out there, feel free to share them in the comments.

Walk to School Day 2012

Wow what a day! Over 100 Greater Washington schools were registered to participate in International Walk to School Day.  I can’t wait until the numbers start rolling in. We should have more numbers of students who walked or biked by the end of this week or next week. There is a growing number of pictures on our Facebook page check out right now!

USDOT Deputy Secretary John Porcari awarding Lucy Neher, Takoma Park Safe Routes to School coordinator the national award.

I was at Takoma Park Elementary School and over 500 students walked to Takoma Elementary  School together today and all five Takoma Park Elementary schools participated. If you have not yet hear, Takoma Park received a national award today! Washington DC’s Burville Elementary had a bike rodeo before they walked to school. And the Bike/Walk Challenge Vienna schools were out in full force! I especially love that their pictures show the kids out in damp and foggy weather. TrailsforYouth.org worked with 5,000 students in Springfield and Alexandra, VA to walk to school!

News coverage

Takoma Park on WAMU

Takoma Park on NBC 4

Takoma Park in the Gazette

Vienna schools in the Vienna Patch including Cunningham Park, Kilmer, Louise Archer, Marshall Road,  Vienna, Westbriar and Wolftrap schools. Great pictures of lots of smiling kids and over flowing bike racks!

More Pictures

Fairfax County Public Schools Kilmer Middle School

Alexandria City Public Schools

District Public Schools-Burville Elementary School

Fairfax County Public Schools-Kilmer Middle School

Fairfax County Public Schools-Marshall Road Elementary School

Fairfax County Public Schools-Springfield Elementary School

Fairfax County Public Schools-Wolftrap Elementary School