Kids bike and walk to school today

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – Organizers of the Bike and Walk to School Day say there are plenty of reasons are behind the push for this event. In 1969, they say, about 50 percent of kids either walked or biked to school; in 2009, the most recent year available, that number had fallen to around 13 percent.

Now they’re trying to cut down the number of kids who arrive in a car. It’s healthier, they say, and, with fewer cars on the road, better for the environment.

“We want kids to know that having an active lifestyle is something important to us, to their teachers, to the school, and so we want that to become a part of their family’s regular routine,” said Martha Farley with Zionsville Community Schools.

Organizers worked with police to make routes safe Wednesday morning and after school. They want drivers to get used to seeing more kids walking and biking.

But the ultimate goal, they say, is to encourage kids to develop a healthy daily exercise habit that turns into a lifetime habit.

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