Wednesday, October 7, 2020 is National Walk to School Day!

CUTR Research Associate Jason Jackman has worked with Walk to School programs and similar initiatives since 2003 while he was still a student at the University of South Florida.

“I became more interested in school travel and community planning when I noticed the local elementary school had students bused one mile away to the after-school program,” says Jackman. “I started working at CUTR for the Florida Department of Transportation District 7 (Tampa Bay) Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay program. I continued building the program locally by working with over 30 schools throughout Tampa Bay, starting walking school buses and bicycle train programs, training statewide walking school bus coordinators, and building relationships for more safety education in schools and communities.”

Jackman is passionate about Walk to School Day and teaching his three small children the importance of pedestrian safety. “Walk to School Day is a reminder to students, families, community leaders, and schools that walking to school is (and should be!) a reliable transportation option for nearby students and families living near the school. Walking to school promotes health, safety, transportation, and community.”

If you plan to participate in Walk to School Day, Jackman offers the following tips:

  • Walk in groups (safety in numbers)
  • Follow the rules of the road
  • Listen to the crossing guards
  • Use sidewalks
  • Cross at crosswalks
  • Scan the road when crossing
  • Walk with a parent(s)
  • Wear bright clothing
  • Meet other families at a well-lit location (parking lot, neighborhood corner, etc.)
  • Plan your route
  • Wear a mask (COVID – 19)
  • Follow social distancing protocols (COVID – 19)

We hope you pass this information to members of your communities and celebrate your Walk to School Day by taking a photo of your walk and tagging us on Instagram @CUTRUSF

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