Los Angeles Unified Celebrates Walk to School Day (10-02-19)
For immediate release October 2, 2019
Contact: Shannon Haber, 213-241-6766
Superintendent Austin Beutner was joined today by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr., Board District 1 Chief of Staff Dr. Sharon Robinson and Menlo Avenue Elementary School students and families to celebrate Walk to School Day.
“Walking to school is a healthy way to start the day and gives students, their friends and families the opportunity to spend time together,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “Everyone in the community shares the responsibility to help get our students to school safely. Los Angeles Unified is working with the City of Los Angeles, the families we serve and community partners to improve the safety of students and families who walk to school.”
Beutner recognized the safety improvements made at 50 schools as part of the Safe Routes to Schools partnership between Los Angeles Unified and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. These schools had the highest number of crashes involving people walking and biking and the highest proportion of students living in a walkable proximity to the school. The program has added new crosswalks, traffic signals and bike lanes to improve the safety of students and create healthier communities. The city has also provided over 300 crossing guards to help student cross busy intersections.
“Thanks to our partnerships with the city, our schools and our communities, we are creating healthier and safer routes for our students to walk or bike to school,” Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III said. “We know that our children will grow stronger, healthier and more confident as they increase their physical activity and knowledge of their community and city."