Thursday, October 10, 2013

Walk and Bike to School Day a great success

International Walk (and Bike) to School Day was celebrated at several Fairfax County schools yesterday. The weather was great and thousands of kids walked or bike to school. 

Vienna schools have consistently had high numbers of biker and walkers on this day and throughout the year. Participation in Reston has been growing. This year Reston challenged Vienna (or vice versa, not sure who challenged who) to see who had the most kids walking and biking to school. 

After the final count, it can be said that both communities were winners; over 3,000 kids participated. Vienna, with 1,677 participants, had 63 more than Reston's 1,614. I checked the bike racks at my nearby elementary school and there are normally 10-15 bikes parked. Yesterday the racks were overflowing with 51 bikes.

Congratulations to all the schools that participated this year. Parents in Vienna and Reston deserve a special shout out for doing so much to get kids active. When kids learn at an early age that they don't always need to ride in a car or bus to get around, they will develop the lifelong habits of walking and biking.

See more about the challenge by Christine Green of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Vienna wins the Vienna v. Reston Walk to School Day Challenge, and on the Fairfax Safe  Routes to School Facebook page.

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