Inaugural Long Beach Walk to School Day on Wednesday to Highlight Health, Safety

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Photo courtesy of Healthy Active Long Beach.

City officials are encouraging Long Beach students and their families to take part in the inaugural Long Beach Walk to School Day tomorrow to promote walking and pedestrian safety.

The event, themed “It’s Cool to Walk to School,” is sponsored by the city’s Department of Health and Human Services, Long Beach Unified School District and the nonprofit Walk Long Beach.


 

“Long Beach Walk to School Day is a great way to remind everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, and the health benefits of daily physical activity,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement.

The event is meant to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment, city officials stated.

“Walk to School Day is a great example of bringing together our partners and families to have fun and promote safety on their way to school,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services, in a statement.

Safety and educational materials will be provided to students arriving in the morning to school this week at the following elementary schools: Birney, Alvarado, Robinson, Whittier, Roosevelt and Addams.

Some students will get to meet the “Pete Walker” mascot for the “Be Aware, Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor” campaign sponsored by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Families will also get to check out winning posters submitted from students at 24 schools that describe why they think “It’s Cool to Walk to School.” The posters will be on display at the schools.

For more information the health department’s Healthy Active Long Beach program, click here.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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