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Kids gear up to Walk n' Roll to school

Annual event encourages kids to walk, bike, skate or scooter

Students around Tucson won't be hiding inside this Friday the 13th when they walk, ride, skate and scooter to school to improve Pima County's air quality in the  annual Walk n' Roll to School Day.

There will be a record of 53 schools in the county participating this year, said Beth Gorman, senior program manager for Pima County Department of Environmental Quality, in a press release.

The schools get special training from the Pima County Department of Transportation or the Safe Kids Tucson to help prevent injuries, Gorman said.

"According to a 2003 EPA report, air quality is measurably better around schools that have more walking and biking," said Gorman in the release.

The students will help increase air quality awareness by walking, bicycling and using other alternative modes of transportation that improve health by reducing obesity, traffic congestion and provide family members with a chance to spend quality time together and to connect with neighbors, Gorman said.

Each school will receive a prize for each student who participates in the event and all schools registering before the event will receive a scooter to raffle off to one lucky winner.

Each student will start from home and finish at their school.

The event was first established as Bike to School Day in 1995.  In 2003, it expanded to include walking and other alternative forms of transportation. 

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For more information or to register, call 243-BIKE or email donna.lewandowski@dot.pima.gov.

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Pima County Department of Transportation

Students from Fruchthendler Elementary School participated in 'Trekking Thursdays' leading up to Walk n' Roll to School Day in 2006. Fruchthendler participates in Walk n' Roll every year.