Monday, April 26, 2010
Transportation Secretary LaHood walks to schoolOn his popular blog Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood describes walking to school recently with his 2nd grade granddaughter Ella. They formed a "walking school bus" which is a great alternative to driving kids to school. Parents take turns leading a group of kids who live near school and they all walk together. Taking turns, parents would only have to dedicate a day or two leading the bus.
Sec. LaHood is setting a great example for the rest of us, stressing the need for better non-motorized facilities and acknowledging the fact that most of our transportation funds in the past have gone toward building infrastructure for cars and trucks. He definitely walks the walk. Isn't it time that Fairfax County got on the walking school bus?
At the same time Sec. LaHood was leading the walking school bus, Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists was leading a similar group on bikes:
Meanwhile, other kids from the school joined the "bicycle train," sort of a walking school bus on wheels. And, since I can't be in two places at once--I really wanted to!--today's special bike train guest was a great Safe Routes partner, Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists.There is some Safe Routes to School activity happening locally. Parents at several Vienna schools are again planning a Safe Routes to School Challenge during Bike to Work Week, May 17-21, including a planned bike train to Wolftrap Elementary School. We'll post more info about this event later.