Students in the South Pasadena Unified School District were urged to walk or bike to school on Wednesday.
Oh, and they sure did, tightly securely knots on their shoes and pulling out the two-wheelers, trikes and scooters for the trek to local elementary schools and the middle school campus.
A proclamation was read during last week’s City Council meeting declaring October 10 as Walk or Bike to School Day in South Pasadena, which focuses on the benefits of walking or biking rather than driving to school.
Creating a cleaner, safer, and environmentally healthier school route for children is what the day is all about.
Reading the proclamation, Mayor Dr. Rick Schneider pointed out that only 16% of all trips to and from schools in California are by foot or bicycle.
“With fewer kids on foot there are more cars on the road and parents driving their kids to school make up 20-25% of the morning commute,” reads the proclamation. “Moderate to vigorous physical activity such as walking and biking positively affects academic performance and skill development.”
Schneider, an active bicyclist, talked about the importance of good exercise by participating in Walk or Bike to School Day.
“This day affords parents the opportunity to spend more time with their children, reduces car use and traffic hazards, promotes physical activity and contributes to a safer community,” he said.
The South Pasadena Community Services Department worked with the city’s Youth Commission in putting the local event together. Participants received an award for their participation.