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DOT&PF to Promote International Walk to School Day Wednesday

JUNEAU, Alaska - The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) will participate in and promote Walk or Bike to School Day Oct. 7, with activities planned at two Juneau area schools. DOT&PF officials will sponsor a safety event in Juneau to include directing school students from buses to safe walking routes, teaching students safe walking behaviors and the rules of the road, as well as distributing healthy snacks.

The DOT&PF Safe Routes to School (SRTS) assistants will meet at the 12th Street and Glacier Avenue intersection at 7:15 a.m., for Harborview Elementary students. At 7:45 a.m., they will be at Stephen Richards Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road for students attending Floyd Dryden Middle School. The first event downtown is expected to end by 8 a.m., while the Mendenhall Valley outing will last until 8:30 - both prior to school commencement.

"This is a great chance for children and adults in Alaska to walk on this day," said Steve Soenksen, DOT&PF's SRTS coordinator. "A child's commute to school has many personal, physical, economic, social, and environmental benefits and impacts. Before winter sets in, adults should walk with their child to determine if the walking routes are safe or not and what things could be done to make it more safe. Walking and improving safety is a good, healthy activity for everyone."

More information about the program is located on DOT&PF's Web site at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/saferoutes/walk/index.shtml .

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