News Release

  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

For Immediate Release

​Randy Barber, Communications Director

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21st Annual Walk to School Day is Wed., Oct. 4

BVSD Promotes Safe Streets & Healthy Kids

Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) will celebrate the 21st anniversary of Walk to School Day on October 4. Walk to School Day began in 1997 as an international event to encourage walking to school to boost healthy habits, safe streets and clean air. BVSD’s event began in 2001, marking this as the 16th year of Walk to School Day in the district. This year, 32 schools throughout the district will join 3,500 elementary schools nationwide for the National Center for Safe Routes to School Walk to School Day. Adopting a strategy called Ride & Stride, BVSD school buses will drop off students at satellite locations from where they will walk to school. The goal of Walk to School Day is to promote safe streets and healthy kids through the practices of walking and cycling to school.

BVSD’s Walk to School Day supports the City of Boulder’s Vision Zero initiative which aims to reduce to zero the number of fatalities and serious injuries resulting from traffic accidents. The City of Boulder’s transportation department, GO Boulder, is partnering with BVSD on this initiative, as it reinforces the City’s Transportation Master Plan, which aims to get more people walking and biking in order to reduce vehicle miles of travel (VMT) in the Boulder Valley by 20 percent by 2035. Eco-Cycle will partner with BVSD on Used Shoe Collection to re-purpose shoes during the week of Walk to School Day. The used shoes collected as part of this project will be sorted at the Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) and shipped for reuse around the world.

Many BVSD schools will be participating in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Following are a few special activities which may be of interest to media:

WHAT: Costumed characters including City of Boulder/GO Boulder’s nine foot tall “CW” and the “Trip Tracker Dude”
TIME: Students congregate on school grounds between 7:35 and 7:55 a.m.
LOCATION: Creekside Elementary: 3740 Martin Drive, Boulder, CO 80302

WHAT: “Walking school buses” covering four major routes on which kids walk to Bear Creek
  • Darley Dart meets at Gillaspie and Darley at 7:50 a.m.
  • Super Soole Bus meets at Table Mesa Drive at St. Martin de Porres church at 8:00 a.m. (led by P.E. teacher James Soole)
  • Vassar Vroom meets at Drake and Vassar at 7:50 a.m.
  • Mountain Ramblers meets at Woodstock and Scrub Oak at 8:10 a.m.
TIME: Students arrive on school grounds between 8:15-8:28 a.m.                
LOCATION: Bear Creek Elementary: 2500 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305

WHAT: PE teacher, Bruce Buchanan, and a group of students meet at the east parking lot of Waneka Lake at 7:30 a.m. for a bike ride to school. A group of walkers meet Lafayette teachers at 7:30 a.m. at Chester & Public Road (next to Eats & Sweets).
TIME: Students congregate on school grounds between 7:45 and 7:55 a.m.                
LOCATION: Lafayette Elementary: 101 North Bermont Avenue, Lafayette, CO 80026

“The event promotes 'active transportation' year round,” said Landon Hilliard with the BVSD Transportation Department. “We are training the next generation of students, not to  mention their parents, and encouraging them to walk and bike to school as a routine daily activity."

About International Walk to School Day

  • Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place.  In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
  • In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.
  • The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School and Bike to School activities in the United States.
  • Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
  • Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the United States include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

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