Safe Routes to School encourages safe travel to school year round
On October 7, 2015, parents, school children, faculty, staff, law enforcement, pedestrian safety experts, and volunteers of all kinds gathered for International Walk to School Day. Participating elementary schools included Hunter’s Green Elementary, with 120 kids and 35 adults participating, Turner Bartels k-8, with 150 kids and 25 adults participating, Fish Hawk Creek Elementary, with 350 kids and 150 adults participating, and Witter Elementary, with 250 kids and 100 adults joining in on the fun. In total, almost 900 students and over 300 adults walked or rolled to school.
The event was fun and educational, helping parents and children to recognize safety hazards and traffic laws along the way to encourage safe travel to school year round. Tampa’s International Walk to School Day was also featured in the November issue of Tampa Bay Parenting, highlighted in the Tampa Bay Times, and covered on Channel 8’s nightly newscast. International Walk to School Day promotes safety and public health by encouraging parents and children to stay active. Partnerships with Saint Joseph’s Children’s Advocacy Center, Safe Kids Tampa, and USF Health provided further support to promote community awareness and encourage safe walking, safe bicycling, and safe driving near our local schools. Safe Kids Tampa Coordinator Jaime Verberne thanked all who participated in the event, stating, “together, we reached more schools and students than ever!”
New bike racks and fix-it stations have been installed in multiple locations, including Lincoln Gardens Park (left) and Charles B. Williams Park (right).