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Release date: Walk to School Day

*** Press Release ***

San Francisco Students Participate in 2005 International Walk to School Day

(San Francisco) – Wednesday, October 5, 2005 is S.F. Walk to School Day, part of an international campaign to promote pedestrian safety, environmental awareness, and healthy habits. A local effort of this annual campaign is organized by the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT), part of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA). The project is part of DPT’s Safe Schools Program, a two-year grant project to improve school area traffic safety. Approximately twenty San Francisco schools are participating this year.

School Zone traffic congestion is a significant safety hazard for children throughout the City. The school zone is often a place of chaos and confusion as parents double park and/or let their children out mid-block to get to school. Everyday, caring parents unknowingly create traffic hazards as they drop off or pick up their children. By making simple changes in routine, the danger to children can be significantly reduced. “As a San Francisco parent, getting children safely to school, raising the awareness of our community working together to promote healthy physical activity, and doing something good for the environment is important,” says Stuart Sunshine, acting Executive Director of the San Francisco MTA.

Why Walk:

  • It’s fun and good exercise!
  • It allows for family time.
  • It’s good for the environment – cleaner air!
  • It forms lifelong, healthy habits
  • It reduces traffic congestion
  • It creates safer neighborhoods

This event, organized by MTA’s Planning Division, is assisted by a Walk to School Committee hosted by Walk San Francisco. Committee members include: SF Public Health, SF Injury Center, California Automobile Association, SF Environment, and various school representatives. The San Francisco Police Department’s Traffic Company also supports the pedestrian safety effort.

For more information about the program, contact: Eileen Ross, project manager, MTA Pedestrian Program at 415-701-4483; Anna Zacher, Walk to School Committee 415-596-0878 or visit:

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

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