Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Walk this way...

This is International Walk to School week when millions of children and their parents are encouraged to try using two feet instead of four wheels for the school run and hopefully develop a year-round healthy habit. In support of many more children - who always walk to school - this is a Week that reinforces the importance of providing safe routes to school, organising community support like 'walking buses', and promoting the basic essentials of sidewalks, safe crossing points and lower speed limits for vehicles.
Safe routes to school are one of the foundations of a sustainable transportation policy, and the Road Safety Fund is proud to be supporting the work of Safe Kids Worldwide and its 'Walk This Way' project in ten countries through a donation from FedEx. It is a fundamentally important policy issue but can also be a lot of fun, and there were events across the world to mark the International Walk to School week - including the walk in Washington DC attended by US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (pictured) - and we're grateful to our friends at Sesame Street for getting Grover along to meet the children at one school in New York City (also pictured).