The Escondido Police Department Tuesday encouraged parents and students to walk to school on Wednesday for Walk to School Day.
The first National Walk to School Day — called Walk Our Children to School Day — was held in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.
The day has evolved as an attempt to highlight the benefits of exercise and practice pedestrian and road safety with classmates, families and caregivers.
The Escondido Police Department advised children walking to school to:
- use crosswalks and sidewalks, when available
- always look left-right-left before crossing a street, scan for traffic and be sure a driver sees them
- not walk or run into the path of a vehicle
- watch for cars entering or backing out of driveways or leaving parking spaces
Drivers should be alert for more people walking to school Wednesday morning, be prepared to stop for children crossing the street, watch their speed and slow down in school zones, police said.
Funding for Walk to School Day was provided by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.