Polar Walk 2017 – February 1, 2107
January 31, 2017 (Moscow, Idaho) — Approximately 1,500 students from eight Moscow Schools will participate along with over 250 parents, teachers and community leaders and over 40 University of Idaho students and athletes in the popular Safe Routes to School “Polar Walk”, February 1, 2017.
Encouraging children to walk to school in all types of weather promotes a healthy active lifestyle and decreases automobile congestion dangers along school routes. Americans have the lowest percentage of individuals who walk or bike to work and school even when conditions are ideal. The Polar Walk encourages active travel to and from school in all types of weather. Walking to school builds connections between families, schools and the broader community. We invite the community to join us in this effort by bundling up and walking with us to school or your workplace. “Schools and communities are healthier when children have safe access to active commuting as a lifestyle.” – Dr. Philip Scruggs
Parents and children are encouraged to dress appropriately for the conditions by wearing boots, gloves, hats, heavy winter coats, snow pants, and scarves and abide by walking and biking safety regulations. Students are invited to walk with parents or in groups. Some schools will host Walking School Buses coordinated and led by parent volunteers. Park-and-Walk locations are assigned near each school for children who want to walk but may live too far away. Recommended walking routes to your school, and Park-and-Walk locations are available at: www.SR2Smoscow.com/maps. Click on your school for printable and interactive maps.
We ask all Moscow residents to drive with caution in all school zones to help accommodate the high volume of children walking to school on this day. The Moscow Police Department will offer additional safety patrols at school sites.
The Moscow Safe Routes to School program is based in the Movement Sciences Department, College of Education at the University of Idaho. For additional information, please contact Erin Bacon at 509.432.4787 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin Bacon, Safe Routes to School Coordinator
For additional information, please visit these websites:
Moscow Safe Routes to School www.SR2Smoscow.com
Walk to School Day in the USA www.walkbiketoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org