Tucson, AZ (September 24, 2019) – This Friday, September 27th an estimated 300+ students from Los Amigos Technology Academy will join University of Arizona mascots, Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat alongside Pima County Supervisor Ramón Valadez in their walk and bike to school together. This special event is part of the school’s ongoing walk-to-school initiative and is sponsored by Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Tucson, a program of Living Streets Alliance in partnership with the City of Tucson.
For the last three years, the Los Amigos school community has organized weekly Walk ‘N Roll Fridays, coordinating groups of students, parents and teachers to walk and bike to school together. Jennifer Flores, the school librarian and wellness coordinator explains why teachers and parents are excited to be starting up their fourth year of this initiative: “We love Walk ‘N Roll Fridays because it gives our community a chance to connect and be healthy together.”
Through the City of Tucson’s Proposition 407 Parks & Connections Bond, Los Amigos families are looking forward to a future shared-use path planned for the south side of Drexel Road, which will include an off-street walking and biking path with shade trees, path lighting and ADA-accessible curb ramps. In the meantime, with large visible groups of walkers and bikers taking to streets like Drexel Road, the school hopes that their sizeable presence will help to signal to drivers to slow down.
For their Walk ‘N Roll with Wilbur and Wilma on Friday, September 27th, the students are excited to be accompanied by these fun-loving mascots along with Pima County Supervisor Ramón Valadez. The Desert View High School’s marching band and cheer squad will also be joining in the festivities to celebrate the school’s commitment to creating a healthier community together. Tucson Police Department and Pima County Sheriff’s Department will be present to support students on their journey to school. Los Amigos staff, students, and families will assemble at the parking lot of Walmart (2565 E Commerce Center Pl.) starting at 7:30 AM. Six different “Walking School Bus” routes, including one “Bicycle Train” (groups of school children walking and biking together with adult leaders) will meet up at Walmart to greet special guest walkers and lead the way to Los Amigos.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bike and walk to school. On average, students can get one-fourth of their recommended daily physical activity simply by walking to school. Studies show that children who walk or bike to school arrive more alert and ready to learn. SRTS programs also reduce traffic congestion and pollution around schools, improve safety in school zones, and provide families and friends with opportunities to share time with each other and build connections within their community.
In 2014, Living Streets Alliance (LSA) kicked off the SRTS Program in partnership with the City of Tucson, to encourage more area children and families to walk and bike throughout the Tucson region. For more information, visit http://www.saferoutestucson.org
The mission of Living Streets Alliance is to advocate for a thriving Tucson by creating great streets for everyone. For more information, visit http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org