ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Wednesday is International Walk to School Day 2017, and according to official registration, six schools in Alaska are signed up to participate, as of Tuesday evening.
The list currently includes:
- Northwood ABC Elementary, Anchorage
- Gastineau Elementary, Juneau
- Hermon Hutchens Elementary, Valdez
- Mitkof Middle School, Petersburg
- Petersburg High School, Petersburg
- Rae C. Stedman Elementary, Petersburg
"Walk to School Day is great way to celebrate and practice safe pedestrian skills," said Marcheta Moulton, coordinator of the Safe Routes to School Program with the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. "We remind walkers to have reflective clothing, and we remind motorists to watch for pedestrians, especially around school zones."
Across the United States, the ADOT&PF states that over 5,000 events will take place in order to celebrate "the benefits of safely walking and biking to school."
And according to ADOT&PF, those benefits include: Pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.
Within Anchorage, even if your school is not planning an official event, you can still learn about the safest walking practices and routes with the Municipality of Anchorage: Safe Routes to School Manual.
Or map out your own route, using this Map-a-Route feature.
Get out and walk while you can, before snow hits and you no longer have the option.