San Francisco expects record number of students for walk to school event

Courtesy of Walk SF

Courtesy of Walk SF

A record number of San Francisco students are expected to hoof it to school Wednesday as part of International Walk and Roll to School Day, according to leaders in The City who pushed for higher participation and surpassed their goal.

More than 12,000 elementary school students are slated to participate, and 76 public schools are holding special events. That represents a 38 percent increase from last year and exceeded the 60-school goal set by The City’s Safe Routes to Schools program.

Some city supervisors also plan to walk to their districts’ schools, but the central event will circle around E.R. Taylor Elementary School, where 38 percent of students already walk to school.

That number is higher than averages for the nation (13 percent), state (24 percent) and Los Angeles County (32 percent), according to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

Students and parents will gather outside Christ for All Nations Lutheran Church with Recreation and Park Department chief Phil Ginsburg at 7:50 a.m. and walk to E.R. Taylor.

The event aligns with The City’s Pedestrian Strategy, launched by Mayor Ed Lee in April to improve safety around five schools each year and reduce collisions involving pedestrians by 25 percent by 2016 and by 50 percent by 2021.

“While San Francisco is one of the most walkable cities in the country, three pedestrians are hit by cars a day,” said Nicole Schneider, executive director of Walk San Francisco.Bay Area NewseducationInternational Walk and Roll to School DaySafe Routes to SchoolsSan Francisco schools

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