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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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Naperville, IL

Local Government Partners with Schools to Celebrate International Walk to School Day


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Introduction

  • City of Naperville, IL

    • Population approximately 140,000

    • 25 miles southwest of Chicago

  • Deb Kreider – Transportation and Traffic Services

    • [email protected]

  • Kathy Rendek – Department of Public Works

    • [email protected]


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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


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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


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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


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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


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School Walk Route Map

Pedestrian Planning



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Making Connections

  • Schools

  • County Boards and Offices

  • Park District

  • Local Hospital

  • Neighboring Communities

  • American Heart Association


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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


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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


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Staff Planning: III

  • City Council Proclamation

  • Solicit sponsors

    • Contributions are presented to schools

    • Participation plaques


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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.


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Staff Planning : V

Arrange for police assistance

Clancy (School Mascot)

Mc Gruff

(Police Department Mascot)


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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.


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Patterson

The school can get as involved as they wish

School children, teachers and parents meet at a

neighborhood park and walk together


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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


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School Preparation: III

  • Incorporate the walk with a learning program

    • Geography (mapping exercise)

    • Math (calculate miles walked)

    • Physical Education


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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


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School Preparation: V

  • Schools report to city number of children who walked or biked to school

Meet at a local business and walk together!


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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


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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.




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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

  • Presented by the City of Naperville, IL

    • Deb Kreider – [email protected]

    • Kathy Rendek – [email protected]


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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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