Living Streets Alliance’s Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) Tucson program is sponsoring the third annual WALKtober Walk to School Challenge – a week-long event encouraging active modes of travel to and from school. The challenge is a fun, easy and FREE way for elementary and middle schools across Pima County to help students explore the adventure of traveling to school on foot, bike, or scooter.
The challenge takes place October 24-28 (an alternate week is offered October 17-21 for SUSD schools). Participating schools receive promotional materials, punch cards to track walking/biking trips, a “tool-box” of creative activity suggestions, and incentives and prizes to create healthy competition among students. There are a variety of ways kids can participate, making it inclusive for students who are normally driven or bused to school.
Last year, 45 schools and close to 10,000 students participated in the WALKtober Challenge. We continue to build upon the excitement from last year and hope to increase participation region-wide. This challenge provides one week where students can experience traveling on foot or by bike. The hope is that with enough momentum and participation, it has the potential to instill long-term healthy habits in students.
For more information and to register your school for the WALKtober Challenge, visit SRTS Tucson.