Metro and City of LA participate in first Walk to School Day

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Photos: Peter Watkinson/Metro

Thousands of schools across the country and in more than 40 other nations worldwide celebrate walking to school every “Walktober” and this morning, L.A. joined in with its first citywide Walk to School Day. Numerous schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District held events and organized walk parties to encourage students and their families to try walking to class, and LADOT provided planning and logistical support.

“Walk to School Day may be a one-day event, but it inspires families to walk to school and leads to long-term changes that encourage more walking and bicycling in our communities,” Mayor and Metro Board Member Eric Garcetti said.

Badge of honor! Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Badge of honor! Photo: Anna Chen/Metro

Metro worked with Grant Elementary School to help the school participate in Walk to School Day as part of the Safe Routes to School pilot program. Walk parties were organized, and Metro staff was on hand to guide the kids to school while getting them amped up about walking. Metro also held a SRTS committee meeting for parents and other community leaders to learn about how they can find safe walking – and biking – routes and promote physical activity for students.

Metro will be working with other schools to hold more events throughout “Walktober.” Check the SRTS page for more information on what’s coming up!

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