Mayor Chris Beutler will be joined by Nebraska's First Lady Sally Ganem, Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Superintendent Susan Gourley, LPS Board of Education members and students in celebrating "International Walk to School Day" Wednesday, October 7. A celebration is planned for 2:45 p.m. at an all-school assembly at McPhee Elementary, 820 Goodhue Blvd. The annual event promotes pedestrian safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
About 20 children are injured in pedestrian accidents each year in Lincoln," said Mayor Beutler. "Getting students to school safely is a top priority for City and school district officials, as well as parents. This international event promotes the health benefits of walking, which also decreases motor vehicle traffic at schools. We need the help of the entire community to accomplish our goal of getting all children to and from school safely.
International Walk to School Day is sponsored locally by the Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County Coalition. More information on Safe Kids is available on the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: safekids). Federal Express is a national sponsor for the event.
At McPhee, the Mayor will issue a proclamation, and then he and other guests will serve as an honorary crossing guards. As part of International Walk to School Day, pedestrian countdown timers have been installed at the traffic signal at 16th and "G" streets to help students safely cross the street.
Recommended walking routes are available from the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: schools); the LPS Web site at lps.org; and school principals. Parents are encouraged to contact the principal if a plan has not been developed for their child's school. The City also works with LPS every year on the "Safe Walk and Safe Ride to School Night" in August, and the Police Department conducts a back-to-school enforcement project at the beginning of every school year.