FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – In this fast-paced world we live in, it’s always hard to find “extra time.” But making an effort to find time for exercise, may even help improve the environment.
Officials said, within the span of one generation, the percentage of children walking or bicycling to school has dropped precipitously, from approximately 50% in 1969 to just 13% in 2009. Health leaders and community partners around the state are working to change that.
Kim Irwin, who coordinates Health by Design and the Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership, told News 18 in a release, “Walking to school used to be common, but today the number of students walking or biking to school is at an all-time low.”
Frankfort Community Schools are stepping up. They join 32 other Indiana schools who are participating in National Bike to School Day on Wednesday. Some other school communities taking part in the event include Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville.
The vast majority of students arrive at school in a vehicle, despite evidence that walking and biking provides physical benefits, as well as reducing traffic congestion, out-of-pocket costs and auto emissions.
But some parents may agree, it is not always the safest option to walk to school. Irwin suggests having and knowing a safe route.
“We know safety is critically important and have suggestions for ensuring the safest routes possible,” said Irwin.
For more information on safe routes, visit here.
For tips on organizing your own “bike to” event, click here.