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Mayors Invited to Walk to School with Students

September 30, 2016 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Children, parents, teachers, and community leaders are set to walk or bike together on Wednesday, Oct. 5, Walk to School Day.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) also has invited mayors throughout the state to join with their local school districts and promote being active and making streets safer for walking and biking.  Over 155 schools across Colorado have registered for this year’s event and more than 90 have invited their mayor to join the celebration.

“Participating in Walk to School Day, Week, or Month gives schools a chance to increase the number of children walking and biking safely to and from school, and provides parents with a chance to experience the excitement and safety of their children walking and biking to school,” says Colorado Safe Routes to School Program Manager Leslie Feuerborn, “thus promoting the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) mission.  When cities and towns support Walk to School Day it sends a strong message that health, fitness, and the safety of children are high priorities in their community.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Walk to School Day.   Colorado has been hosting Walk to School Day since 2006, in conjunction with Colorado Pedestrian Month.

CDOT continues to offer grant funding to schools and communities across Colorado for Safe Routes to School projects. Applications are now available for construction and education/encouragement projects. The goal of SRTS programs is to get more kids walking and bicycling where it is safe and to fix conditions where it is not safe.

Applications are available online at www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/safe-routes/funding-evaluation.  The application deadline isFriday, Dec. 2, 2016.

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