Nevada Schoolchildren Encouraged To Walk To School For Nevada Moves Week March 13-17
by Meg Ragonese, Nevada Department of Transportation · 2 min read
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Many Nevada schoolchildren will take part in organized events that promote walking or bicycling to school during Nevada Moves Week, held March 13 through March 17.
Many of the events will be held March 15, which will be celebrated as Nevada Moves Day. Walking and bicycling to school events are planned for Carson City, Clark, Washoe, Lyon and many other counties across the state. Children not taking part in an organized school event are encouraged to involve their families in safely walking or bicycling to school during Nevada Moves Week and throughout the year.
“Nevada Moves is an opportunity to help children learn more about pedestrian and bicycling safety, and we encourage families to take part in an organized event or to plan their own,” NDOT Assistant Chief of Multi-Modal Planning and Program Development Bill Story explained. “Whether for Nevada Moves events or part of a daily routine, physical activity at an early age, such as walking or bicycling, helps reduce heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses. Walking or biking to school even can lessen up to 25 percent of morning rush hour traffic that results from children being driven to school.”
During Nevada Moves Week and every day, drivers should watch for children walking and bicycling to school and be mindful of reduced speeds and varying school start times in school zones. Motorists should also only pass bicyclists when it is safe – with at least three feet of space between the bicycle and vehicle – and never overtake a vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians. Pedestrians and bicyclists should only cross streets when safe, and look both ways before and while crossing.
To learn about specific Nevada Moves Day events, contact Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Coordinator Albert Jacquez at (775) 888-7943 / firstname.lastname@example.org or find walking information at saferoutesinfo.org.