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August 7, 2018
This is what back to school mornings look like for most Tampa Bay parents: get in the car! Buckle up! Traffic jam! Carline! Move it along!
What if there were a better option? What if your morning drop-off routine looked more like this: holding hands with your child as you walk to school together, talking face to face about the day ahead, listening to mockingbirds trill their morning song overhead, greeting friends and neighbors before stopping at the school gate to give your child a real hug goodbye (and the joy of a few minutes by yourself as you walk back home to start your own day!).
Walking to school is a simple, but effective way to get your family’s school year off to a good start.
Sidewalk Stompers, a school zone pedestrian advocacy initiative, launched in 2016 with two simple goals: 1) Get more kids walking to school and 2) Make it safe for them to do so.
One goal follows the other. With more children walking to school, it’s easier to make the argument for adding more sidewalks, safety infrastructure, school zone signage and better pedestrian-friendly road designs.
Sidewalk Stompers award-winning walk-to-school programs provide clear, easy to implement plans and, in many cases, funding options. All it takes is a few volunteers, a willing school community and some little feet ready to get moving in the morning.
With support from the Hillsborough County School District and the Hillsborough Planning Commission, Sidewalk Stompers programs can be an effective part of any school transportation solution.
Originally published in the August 2018 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.