More than 1000 students from throughout Burbank participated in International Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 5. Students, along with parents, family members, teachers and school staff walked, biked, scooted, boarded and skated to school.
Students from Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School participated in one of the largest turnouts for the event. Students and their families, along with staff and teachers from the school were joined by City Council member Will Rogers and Burbank Unified Superintendent Matt Hill.
Community Day School students rode bikes along the Chandler Bike Path Wednesday morning. They borrowed bikes from Bike Angels, refurbished them and returned them after the ride so that the bikes may be donated at a later date closer to Christmas.
BUSD Superintendent Hill was featured in a PSA promoting the event, which can be viewed on The Burbank Channel on YouTube.
Last year, Joaquin Miller Elementary School held its first annual Walk and Bike to School Day.
Schools in the Burbank Unified School District held awareness campaigns in the days before the event, encouraging people to get out of their cars.
Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need 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 and concern for the environment, according to the event organizer’s website.
The events, which began in 1997, build connections between families, schools and the broader community.