International Walk to School Day 2011
Grover walked to school today with PS 197 in Harlem as part of the city's International Walk to School Day celebration!
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and representatives from the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, and Safe Kids USA today announced the kickoff for “We’re Walking Here NYC”—an innovative competition that invites New York City schools to design posters that promote walking as a safe, healthy and practical way to get around that is good for their community and the environment—as part of the city’s International Walk to School Day celebration. Students citywide take on the challenge of answering this question for prizes: “If you could teach people one thing about walking in New York City, what would it be?” To participate, schools register online to download contest guidelines and lesson plans that highlight the benefits of walking. The announcement coincides with International Walk to School Day and Month in October, a worldwide celebration and global public awareness campaign for creating safer streets for students everywhere. This year’s International Walk to School Day celebrations are being held in the U.S. on Wednesday, October 5. DOT representatives joined Lauren Marchetti, Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School; Moira Donohue, Director of Safe Kids USA; and Dr. Bella Dinh-Zarr; Director of FIA Foundation/Decade of Action for Road Safety to mark the occasion by walking with schoolchildren from P.S. 197 on Fifth Avenue and 135th Street in Harlem, near a recent DOT safety redesign at Madison Avenue and 135th Street.