By Emily Hinsdale, president of Sidewalk Stompers, Inc. a nonprofit promoting walking and bicycling to school.
How do you celebrate International Walk/Bike to School Day during a pandemic? With enthusiasm!
Students from all over Hillsborough County School District participated in this year’s event on Wednesday, October 7. For some, this meant walking or biking to school. For others, this meant walking or biking around their neighborhoods before settling in for a day of eLearning. For all who joined in, it meant starting the day with healthy activity to get bodies and minds ready for school.
Walk to School Day launched in the United States in 1997 and Tampa-area participation in has increased over the past years. Celebrating this annual event helps draw the community’s attention to the importance of making safe and active transportation not just an option but a priority for the community’s next generation.
Sidewalk Stompers partnered with schools around Hillsborough County this year to make the day a big event for student walkers and bikers:
Sidewalk Stompers hopes this year’s successful International Walk/Bike to School Day will encourage more families to make walking and biking to school a daily event, enjoying the health, freedom, and fun of an active start to the day.
Sidewalk Stompers, Inc. is a Tampa-based non-profit dedicated to improving student health and safety by increasing the number of student pedestrians through school-based incentive programs, community building, and road safety advocacy.