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Fall 2007 | Vol. 10 | No. 3
Safe Routes to School Celebrated in October
On October 3, an estimated four million families and community leaders from 42 countries participated in the 11th annual International Walk to School Day. The entire month of October was International Walk to School Month. Many Walk to School events in the U.S. were conducted as part of Safe Routes to School programs.
Safe Routes to School programs promote sustained, community efforts to improve the health and well-being of children by making walking and bicycling to school safer, easier and more enjoyable. The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for the program, offering a centralized resource of information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program.
GHSA is a Safe Routes to School supporter and partner, and several State Highway Safety Offices help coordinate the programs in their states.
On October 30, The National Center for Safe Routes to School held a press conference on Capitol Hill to present the first-ever James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award to the State of Michigan for its leadership and innovation in the establishment of its Safe Routes to School Program.
The annual award is named for Rep. James L. Oberstar (D-MN), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, who spearheaded the Safe Routes to School legislation as part of the 2005 Transportation reauthorization bill. GHSA served on the awards selection committee.