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Winter Walk to School, Hudson

Winter Walk to School, Hudson

Wednesday, February 6th, students from over 90 schools in Massachusetts laced up their boots, put on their winter hats and gloves, and joined up with other neighborhood friends and family members to take part in the 4th annual Winter Walk and Roll to School Day—an event to showcase the importance of year-round active transportation.

Presented by Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS), a program sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), this annual celebration promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for students by encouraging them to walk to school, even during the winter months. Winter Walk and Roll to School Day, along with the other SRTS flagship day events—International Walk and Roll to School Day and Massachusetts Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day, taking place in October and May, respectively—aim to kick start active transportation initiatives in school communities by encouraging students to walk or bike on a regular basis.

Active transportation, like walking and biking to and from school is a great way for students to not only engage in healthy, physical activity each day, but it also helps decrease traffic congestion in and around schools during arrival and dismissal times. Decreasing traffic may lead to a greener environment by reducing emissions from motor vehicles.

Medford, Roberts School

Medford, Roberts School

Massachusetts SRTS promotes safer routes for students to get to school by fostering partnerships between advocacy groups, law enforcement, education leaders, and public health departments. The program currently serves more than 800 public elementary and middle schools in 206 communities across the Commonwealth.

Learn more about Safe Routes to School, or connect via Facebook at www.facebook.com/SafeRoutes.MA or Twitter at www.twitter.com/SafeRoutes_MA.

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