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It’s back-to-school time! If you live within walking distance of your child’s school, you might consider forming a walking school bus. A walking school bus can be as simple as two families taking turns walking their children to school. You can definitely go bigger, by including more parents and children, but it’s easiest to start with a small group of interested families. For details on how to start your own walking school bus, read Street Smarts Diablo’s ‘how to’ guide.... Read the rest
International Walk to School Day is October 5. This means that in October, cities across the US (and throughout the world) will hold Walk to School events to encourage students and their families to get to school on foot and experience the benefits and joys of walking in their community. Schools in Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Concord, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek will be teaming up with Street Smarts Diablo for Walk to School events.... Read the rest
International Walk to School Day is October 7. This means that in October, cities across the US (and throughout the world) will hold Walk to School events to encourage students and their families to get to school on foot and experience the benefits and joys of walking in their community. Some schools in Brentwood, Oakley, Concord, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek will be teaming up with Street Smarts Diablo for Walk to School events.... Read the rest
Walk to School Day began in the US in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. Now the event is part of a year-round movement for Safe Routes to School, with an annual celebration each October. This year, 11 Contra Costa County schools in 5 cities are teaming up with Street Smarts Diablo to celebrate Walk to School Day! School events in Concord, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek will happen on October 7, while Brentwood and Oakley schools will celebrate on October 21.... Read the rest
Safe Walking with Bikes to School A family participating in National Bike to School Day. Photo credit: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition As if there weren’t enough economic, social, environmental, safety, or physical health benefits of walking and cycling, one new study is showing yet another reason to embrace active transportation, especially among children– better concentration ability. The Atlantic Cities summarized the findings of this new study, which comes to us from Denmark – perhaps no surprise since the country is home to Copenhagen, one of the great cycling cities in the world: The survey looked at nearly 20,000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 19.... Read the rest
Int’l Walk to School Day- October 2013 Please join us on October 9, 2013 for Int’l Walk to School Day! Brentwood, Byron, and Oakley Union School Districts Participate after Fall Break on October 16, 2013! Int’l Walk to School Day aims to promote permanent change by giving students and their families the opportunity to experience the benefits and joys of walking in the community.  This fun event promotes student health and fitness, pedestrian safety, and concern for the environment while decreasing traffic congestion around campus.... Read the rest
511 Contra Costa will be leading a talk for families at the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday October 14 at 7pm. Stop by to learn how you and your family can make the journey to and from school greener. You’ll receive a kid-friendly book and activity wheel that’ll show you how a green commute can be both fun and easy. In the mean time, don’t forget about Walk to School Day!... Read the rest