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South Carolina Safe Routes to School has record participation for 2013 International Walk to School Day

October, 2013

Students, parents and community members in every state demonstrate the role walking and bicycling to school can play in improving health, safety and community life

 Wednesday, Oct. 9th -  Today is International Walk to School Day and thousands of students, parents and community members representing more than 3,700 schools across the United States will walk and bicycle to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day. This one-day event is part of an international effort to encourage more families to enjoy the many benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school. Walk to School events will be held nationwide not only today, but throughout the month of October as well. Around the world, at least 40 countries celebrate International Walk to School Day and Month.

 The Federal Safe Routes to School Program, established in 2005, strives to create safe settings to enable more parents and children to walk, roll and bicycle to school. More than 14,500 schools participate in programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Accomplishments include increases in walking and bicycling to school, speed reductions within the school zone, and reductions in school transportation costs. Programs reach urban, rural and suburban areas throughout the nation.

 Rodney Oldham, South Carolina’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator with SCDOT is proud to report that South Carolina ranks in the top three in the United States with most events registered and among the top 10 for the largest increase over last year. The state had 277 registered events - a 33% increase from the number of registered events in 2012!!!! "Thank you all for another successful International Walk to School Day! This has truly been yet another successful International Walk to School Day for South Carolina and this historic accomplishment could not of happened without SCDOT’s support of the SRTS program and its Resource Center”, Rodney Oldham.

 

For more information about Walk to School Day, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Feel free to contact www.scsaferoutes.org to learn  more about Safe Routes to School. 

 

South Carolina to Surpass 2012’s International Walk to School Day Record

September, 2013

October 9, 2013 is International Walk to School Day

In 2012, South Carolina Safe Routes to School program accomplished two major feats. One, South Carolina had a record 210 schools registered for International Walk to School Day (IWalk). That's the most ever for our state. Two, South Carolina had the nation's highest rate of school participation for International Walk to School Day (IWalk). One in every five elementary and middle schools in our state registered and participated in IWALK.

IWalk 2013 is fast approaching. Schools can go to the National Walk to School Day website at www.walkbiketoschool.org to register. The National Center for Safe Routes to School expects more schools to register to participate in the event between now and October 9th.

South Carolina Safe Routes to School program has already surpassed last year's record total and has over 250 schools who have already registered to participate in walk to school events! 

"The number of schools participating in International Walk to School Day grows annually and shows that there is an interest in walking to school in South Carolina," says SCDOT State Safe Routes to School Coordinator Rodney Oldham. "Schools continue signing up year after year. When other communities learn about it, those schools want to participate as well. It's free, and it's worthwhile."

 International Walk to School Day is a global event where communities from over 40 countries walk and bike to school. Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize increasing physical activity among children, teaching pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion, creating concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resource Center provides materials and support to South Carolina's International Walk to School Day events. To find participating schools in your area and to learn more about walk events go to: www.walkbiketoschool.org/go/.   Contact regionally-based SRTS School Outreach Coordinators or go to www.SCSafeRoutes.org for more information about events, materials, and opportunities to participate.  

For additional information, please visit these Web sites:

SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center        www.scsaferoutes.org

International Walk to School in the USA        www.walkbiketoschool.org                                

National Center for Safe Routes to School         www.saferoutesinfo.org

International Walk to School             www.iwalktoschool.org

 

CONTACT: Rodney Oldham, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator, SCDOT (803) 737-4073.

South Carolina Achieves highest participation rate in the Nation for International Walk to School Day 2012!

June, 2013

South Carolina Achieves highest participation rate in the Nation for International Walk to School Day 2012!

The National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) has announced that South Carolina had the highest participation rate of any state on International Walk to School Day. The National Center for Safe Routes to School released the 2012 Walk to School Day Report this month.

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event.

Last year, more than 4,000 events were held across the country. This is more than any previous year. South Carolina celebrated with 210 events across the state. One out of every five elementary and middle schools in the state registered a Walk to School Event.

The 2012 Walk to School Day Report also listed the most common motivators schools reported for holding a Walk to School Day event. These include:

  • Physical Activity/ Obesity Prevention (38.4% schools reported)
  • Supports a SRTS program (20.2%)
  • Pedestrian Safety (12.1%)

International Walk to School Day 2013 is October 9th.  The South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center, a federally-funded project of the South Carolina Department of Transportation is looking forward to another record-breaking year. Browse the Resource Center’s Promotion web page for Walk to School Day event ideas.  To register a school event, please visit www.walkbiketoschool.org. For more information about the South Carolina Safe Routes to School program, please go to www.SCSafeRoutes.org or call the Resource Center hotline at 1.855.4SC.SRTS.

 

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Schools Celebrate Bike Month National Bike to School Day on May 8th, 2013

April, 2013

Students across the country will celebrate May being Bike Month, with a National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8th, sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. This event – which builds on the popularity and success of International Walk to School Day, held throughout the world every October – encourages schools across the country to take part in bike-‐focused activities for students. Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need for safer routes for bicycling and walking; emphasize the need to increase physical activity among children; help to improve bicycle safety skills; and serve to reduce traffic congestion.


National Bike to School Day helps schools initiate conversations about how walking and biking can:

  • Enhance health by increasing the amount of physical activity
  • Improve air quality by reducing automobile emissions in the school zone
  • Make the streets safer by relieving traffic congestion

Here in South Carolina, schools are planning to host a variety of events. Schools’ bicycle and pedestrian safety education efforts are supported by the South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center, a federally-‐funded project of the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The Resource Center provides education, encouragement, and planning support to K-‐8 schools throughout the state at no cost to the schools and their communities.

To register a school event, please visit www.walkbiketoschool.org. For more information, please go to
www.SCSafeRoutes.org or call the Resource Center hotline at 1.855.4SC.SRTS.

Hundreds of students will celebrate the second annual South Carolina (SC) Walk to School Day in March.

February, 2013

Organized by the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School Resource Center, SC Walk to School Day is part of a broader effort by many schools and communities to help get students more active.  Walking requires no special equipment, and even a ten minute brisk walk will increase physical activity and can help stimulate kids’ brains and improve school performance.

Walk to School events emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools, and the broader community.

SC Walk to School Day mirrors International Walk to School Day, a hugely popular South Carolina tradition in October when hundreds of schools participate with walk to school or walk at school events. This past October, South Carolina had an all-time record for the number of registered events in the state.  With 210 schools registered, South Carolina ranked in the top 5 states in the nation with the highest number of schools participating.  The Resource Center has over 170 schools registered for SC Walk to School Day.

By organizing park-and-walk sites, or walk at school events, schools include students who live too far from school to walk regularly.  Schools have figured out how to get students excited about waking up a bit earlier and walking to school, with local celebrities such as the Carolina Panthers’ Sir Purr coming out to help talk to kids about why walking is fun, healthy, and good for the environment.

SC Walk to School Day helps schools initiate conversations about how walking and biking can:

  • Enhance health by increasing the amount of physical activity
  • Improve air quality by reducing automobile emissions in the school zone
  • Make the streets safer by relieving traffic congestion

The Safe Routes to School Resource Center is a federally-funded project of SCDOT that provides education, encouragement, and planning support to schools throughout South Carolina that partner with the Resource Center. Services and materials are provided at no cost to K-8 schools and their communities.

Contact the Resource Center’s School Outreach Coordinators and go to SCSafeRoutes.org for more information about events, materials, and opportunities to participate.  

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