LPS joins Walk and Roll to School Day to encourage a more active commute

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Lincoln Public Schools is trying to get kids to consider walking, biking or rolling to campuses throughout the city.

LPS participated in Walk & Roll to School Day on Wednesday.

The goal is to help build healthy habits at an early age, while also highlighting the need for improvements that would keep pedestrians safe.

Just today, Rousseau Elementary had over half its students walk or roll to school.

Principal Wendy Badje said they’ve been teaching kids about how to safely walk to school and use crosswalks.

“We had over 50 kids bike to school, so I think it’s just a good way for kids to maybe get in that habit,” Badje said. “PE teachers have been doing a great job of talking with the kids about walking or biking to school; you’re getting your blood flow, you’re burning calories, you’re coming to school maybe more alert.”

Organizers of the program say Walk & Roll to School Day has inspired changes for communities across the country, including policies and environmental enhancements that make ditching daily car and bus rides possible.

That includes reworking streets around schools, with some cities limiting or blocking traffic near campuses to prevent collisions and give more space for recreational activities outside schools.

According to the organization, the policies have also improved air quality.

Brittney Albin, the sustainability coordinator for LPS, said they encourage any means of transportation that doesn’t involve a car, to cut down on emissions and fuel consumption.

“So, it’s a great way to help the environment, help our students get active in the morning, and also cut down on school traffic,” she said. “So, it’s really a win-win across a lot of different interests.”

Albin said this event is also a good way for young people to start thinking about what transportation looks like and how they can participate in their community.

“And that’s a great time to do it because as adults, it can be more challenging to get away from our cars and using that to get everywhere,” she said.

Last month, Rutgers published a new study that says getting used to walking early in life can have a lasting impact on your health.

It also says most kids don’t get the 60 minutes of physical activity recommended every day, and this is one way to help turn that around.

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