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Naperville, IL Local Government Partners with Schools to Celebrate International Walk to School Day Introduction City of Naperville, IL Population approximately 140,000 25 miles southwest of Chicago Deb Kreider – Transportation and Traffic Services [email protected]

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introduction
Introduction
  • City of Naperville, IL
    • Population approximately 140,000
    • 25 miles southwest of Chicago
  • Deb Kreider – Transportation and Traffic Services
  • Kathy Rendek – Department of Public Works
history
History
  • 1994 1
    • started in Great Britain
  • 1997
    • 1st American walk, held in Chicago
  • 2000
    • 1st International walk day
    • 2.5 million walkers
  • 2003
    • 29 countries
  • 2004
    • 3,000 US schools and 1,321 officially registered
  • 2005
    • 37 countries
    • 3 million walkers
history of walk to school day in naperville
2003

First organized walk

2,500 students from 8 schools walked

2004

4,000 students from 21 schools participated

2005

8,000 plus students from 25 schools walked or biked to school

History of Walk to School Day in Naperville
objectives of participation i
Objectives of Participation I
  • Reduce roadway congestion, up to 26% of morning traffic can be school-related 2
  • Reduce air pollution, auto emissions have risen from doubling miles traveled over the past two decades 3
  • Increase awareness of traffic safety needs
  • Promote alternative travel options
objectives of participation ii
Objectives of Participation II
  • Promote a healthy, safe environment
  • Promote an active lifestyle, it takes just 5 – 10 minutes for children to walk ¼ mile or bike 1 mile
  • Promote a special

occasion

school walk route map
School Walk Route Map

Pedestrian Planning

making connections
Making Connections
  • Schools
  • County Boards and Offices
  • Park District
  • Local Hospital
  • Neighboring Communities
  • American Heart Association
staff planning i form a staff team
Staff Planning: IForm a staff team
  • Publicly to promote the event
    • Press releases
    • Light pole banners
    • Park district brochures
    • Radio and TV stations
    • City website
    • Utility bill inserts
    • Flyers
staff planning ii
Staff Planning: II
  • Workshop for school representatives
    • History and overview of the event
    • City’s role as partners
    • Available resources
    • Ideas for the schools
      • How to incorporate walking into lessons
      • How to organize an event
    • Sponsors
    • Register school at the workshop
    • Guest speakers
staff planning iii
Staff Planning: III
  • City Council Proclamation
  • Solicit sponsors
    • Contributions are presented to schools
    • Participation plaques
staff planning iv
Staff Planning: IV
  • Communicate with crossing guards
  • Take photographs of the event
  • Coordinate with Mayor and City Council members for

their participation

Kids are cool! They get to walk and bike to school.

staff planning v
Staff Planning : V

Arrange for police assistance

Clancy (School Mascot)

Mc Gruff

(Police Department Mascot)

school preparation i
School Preparation: I
  • Schools plan their own program
    • Principal, teacher or parent acts as coordinator
    • Inform parents of the event
    • Invite dignitaries
    • Decorate with banners, balloons, etc.
patterson
Patterson

The school can get as involved as they wish

School children, teachers and parents meet at a

neighborhood park and walk together

school preparation ii
School Preparation: II
  • Students, principals, teachers and parents making connections
    • Energize the students and the parents
    • Higher overall physical activity throughout the day, 4, 5
    • Teach pedestrian and

bicycle safety

Provide a cool drink

at the school

school preparation iii
School Preparation: III
  • Incorporate the walk with a learning program
    • Geography (mapping exercise)
    • Math (calculate miles walked)
    • Physical Education
school preparation iv
School Preparation: IV
  • Designate a start location
  • Plan a short program at the school
    • Recite the pledge at the flag pole
  • Encourage walking at recess and after lunch
school preparation v
School Preparation: V
  • Schools report to city number of children who walked or biked to school

Meet at a local business and walk together!

drive with caution drive with care we have many children but none to spare
DRIVE WITH CAUTION, DRIVE WITH CAREWE HAVE MANY CHILDREN, BUT NONE TO SPARE

Banners outside the school

Walk, Don’t Drive on October 5

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Patterson

Parents walk home together

yeah team
Yeah Team!
  • It’s a lot of fun.
  • The kids love it.
  • It’s a casual atmosphere.
  • Parents have a chance to walk and meet other parents.
  • Everybody gets involved.
  • Everybody gets a little exercise.
october 4 2006
October 4, 2006
  • Walk to School Day is the first Wednesday of October
  • Communities can still prepare to get involved in this year’s event
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Resources

  • 1 International events, www.walktoschool.org
  • 2 Parisi & Associates, Transportation tools to improve children’s health and mobility: Look at what California is Doing. lgc.org/freepub/PDF/Land_Use/fact_sheets/sr2s_transportation_tools.pdf.
  • 3 National safety council. What you can do about emissions. asc.org/ehc/mobile/mse_fs.htm#problem
  • 4 Alexander et al, The broader impact of walking to school amoung adolescents, BMJonline. bmj.bmjjournals.com
  • 5 Cooper et al, Commuting to school: Are children who walk more physically active? Am. J Prev Med 2003: 25 (4)
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