Thousands of Alameda County students will walk or ride their bikes and scooters to school as part of a month-long program that starts tomorrow.
Called "International Walk and Roll to School Day," the Safe Routes to Schools program, now in its 10th year, is aimed at persuading more children and families to safely use green modes of transportation, using public transit and carpooling as well as bicycles.
More than 150 schools are expected to participate in this year's program, well over the 124 Alameda County schools that were in the program last year.
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty will join school children and the BikeMobile at Kolb Elementary School in Dublin from 7-7:45 a.m. tomorrow to celebrate the day.
"International Walk and Roll to School Day aims to be a catalyst for change, inspiring long-term healthy routines of walking, cycling or scooting to school and improving sidewalks and paths," Haggerty said.
"We know students can be healthier, happier and do better in school when they are more physically active," he added. "Additionally, supporting walking and rolling to school reduces cars on the road and improves air quality."
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