07 Oct 2013

Look Both Ways and Walk to School on Wednesday — or Watch Out for the Kids!

ימיו כצל עובר במעבר חציה

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Schools from 15 schools on Capitol Hill will participate in International Walk-to-School Day, meeting at 7:30 a.m. at Lincoln Park. The event in the park will be the city’s largest gathering to kick off the walk.

All those little feet will mean crosswalks may be a little slow to clear on Wednesday morning, but keep in mind, the event is designed implicitly to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling. Concerns such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, and traffic congestion might also cross your mind while you’re patiently waiting.

For those of you with little feet in the house, motivate yourself and your kids to make it Lincoln Park on time with promises of Clif Bars and water bottles from DC Water, and energetic Maury Cheerleaders. Bring out the big guns and tell them there will also be a a yoga warm-up and Councilmember Tommy Wells will be there to cheer them on. Board Members of the Capitol Riverside Youth Sports Park will be on hand to share information about the plans for sports parks on the RFK site.

If you’re driving, first, consider avoiding Lincoln Park. Keep an eye out on throughout the Hill as kids make their way to the participating schools: Brent Elementary, The Capitol Hill Cluster School (Peabody Early Childhood Center, Watkins Elementary, and Stuart Hobson Middle School), Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan, Eastern High School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, J.O. Wilson Elementary, Ludlow-Taylor Elementary, Maury Elementary, Miner Elementary, Payne Elementary, School-Within-School, St. Peter’s School, and Tyler Elementary.

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One response to “Look Both Ways and Walk to School on Wednesday — or Watch Out for the Kids!”

  1. David says:

    To be honest, I hate this event. The problem is less with the drivers than with the parents and police officers. The parents often jaywalk and model terrible pedestrian behavior. The police do little nothing to monitor the crosswalks or help people cross into the park but just stand around and talk among themselves. Attendees are inconsiderate to runners, walkers, and people just trying to get to work. I understand the purpose of the event, but the behavior of so many of the people involved undercuts it. Parents: USE THE CROSSWALKS. Officers: HELP CONTROL THE TRAFFIC. Others: TREAT THE OTHER PARK USERS WITH RESPECT.

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