I was interested to hear recently about National Walk to School Day, which was celebrated on October 7, 2009. It was an event to promote "safe walking and bicycling throughout the year", and consisted of events held all around the country encouraging kids to walk, or bike to school.
Today we started our own "walk to school" event which will I hope continue every day as long as this wonderful cool weather holds out. It is only about a mile and a half to Kendra's school, and most of it can be walked via fairly quiet streets so it is a perfect opportunity for us to get some exercise, while reducing our carbon emissions by a very small amount each day.
We are actually walking Kendra home from school each day because Emmie's school is still too far to walk to unfortunately so I will still need to drive her there each morning.
The girls were very excited. It was a little odd to me that something as simple as walking home from school could be such an exciting event for them, but then I am sure that it is a novelty for them to be walking anywhere within this suburban sprawl in which we reside. This is the perfect opportunity to start changing all that.
Now to get my bike back in bicycling order!