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Washington Schools to Celebrate Walk and Bike to School Day Oct. 9

OLYMPIA — October 7, 2013 — Ensuring that all students can bike or walk to school safely is the message that will be spread Wednesday.

Washington schools will join others from around the world that day to celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day.

In the U.S., the day is expected to include more than 4,000 events across all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Walk and Bike to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Details can be found by checking your local school/district or community partners such as health departments, police departments, city leaders, and non-profit organizations. A Web site,, has been established to register schools and to check which schools have posted their events.

Schools will have events throughout October.

The event began in 1997 and is sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School with money from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Grant Opportunity
In partnership with Washington Department of Transportation, Feet First, and the Washington Bicycle Alliance, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will be accepting grant applications in November. The grants will support 10 school districts to implement Safe Routes to School Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education programs in middle school physical education classes in the 2013-2014 school year.

The grant application will be posted to the Safe Routes to School Website at:

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


   Updated 10/7/2013

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