December 2016
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Rancho Cucamonga Celebrates the Return of International Walk to School Day

Encouraging Students to Walk or Ride Their Bicycles to School

Hundreds of local students, parents, teachers, and community members walked and biked to school during International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. The Healthy RC Safe Routes to School Program joins schools around the world each year to celebrate safety and fitness, and spread the message about keeping kids safe on their way to school.

This year, Healthy RC partnered with Cucamonga Middle School to encourage students and their families to lace up their sneakers and walk, or strap on their bicycle helmets and pedal to school instead of riding in a car. Teachers and parents, along with local elected officials, school administrators, City staff members, firefighters, and law enforcement personnel led "walking school buses" from designated meeting locations to the school. To cap off the festivities, a school assembly celebrated this year's poster contest winners and emphasized the messages of fitness and safety. The Healthy RC Safe Routes to School Program even raffled off bicycles to a few lucky students.

The Healthy RC Kids Safe Routes to School Program is a comprehensive approach to bicycle and pedestrian safety that enables and encourages all children to walk and bicycle to school. Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of issues like increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools, and the broader community.

If you are interested in joining an existing program, creating a new program in your school, or would like additional information, please visit www.HealthyRC.com.