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winter-walk-to-school-2-2018Lace up your boots and put on a warm coat because it’s time for the third annual Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Winter Walk and Roll to School Day. Taking place on Wednesday, February 7th, all Massachusetts public elementary and middle schools are invited to take part and register for this event in celebration of walking, rolling, (and biking) to school year-round.

It’s important for schools to remember there’s no set way to host a walk and roll event. Every school has a different environment and should plan their event to best suit their needs. While some schools may set up a walking school bus, others may choose to have students walk around the school grounds during class as a way to get some fresh air and exercise. Both are great ways to showcase active transportation.

Don’t worry if your school can’t hold an event on February 7th. Your outreach coordinator can work with you to make sure your students can still participate in Winter Walk and Roll Day. If you have questions about the event or would like more information please contact Statewide Coordinator, Erin Reed, at Erin.Reed@dot.state.ma.us. If you’d like to see which schools in your area are participating in the event, visit our website to see our interactive map.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) works with students, parents, school staff, and local police departments across the Commonwealth to promote safe walking and bicycling through the six E’s: Equity, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, and Evaluation.

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