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Locals join 'Bike and Walk to School' events Oct. 14 and Oct. 21

Posted: October 7, 2009 11:18 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2009 1:13 p.m.
This month, the city of Santa Clarita will join more than 42 countries worldwide in celebrating International Bike and Walk to School Month.

The event, designed to encourage parents and kids to forego buses and cars in favor of biking or walking to school, will be celebrated at four local elementary schools in conjunction with the city's Safe Routes to School Program.

Bike and Walk to School events will be held for students at Rio Vista Elementary School, North Park Elementary School and Old Orchard Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

An additional event will also take place at Pinetree Community Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Each child who arrives at school by bike or foot on the school's designated Bike and Walk to School day will check in and receive a sticker to wear on their shirt to record their participation.

Each class per grade with the highest participation will be rewarded with an in-class party. All kids who walk or bike to school for the event will be entered into a raffle, with one kid from each school randomly selected to receive a new bike.

"The city's Bike and Walk to School events give local kids the opportunity to join their parents and classmates in walking or biking to school, said Mayor Frank Ferry.

"Not only is the event great for easing traffic around our local schools, it also makes a big impact toward benefitting the environment by reducing pollution and emissions on a local level," he added.

More than four million children participated in the 2008 International Bike and Walk to School Month. This year is set to exceed that amount, starting with participation on a local level.

Bike and Walk to School events will be held at designated schools on specific days this month, allowing kids to join classmates in arriving to school via alternative transportation together.

The city began taking steps toward increasing the number of local kids biking or walking to school through the implementation of its Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Program.

Through a collaborative effort among parents, teachers, school administrators, city staff and law enforcement, Safe Routes to School utilizes a variety of tools to make it easier and safer for children to walk and bike to school.


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