SACO – The city of Saco has declared Thursday, May 9, as Walk to School Day, and is encouraging children at all age levels to walk or ride their bicycles to school instead of riding the bus or being driven by their parents.
In a resolution passed last week the City Council said, “There are few, if any, communities in Maine better suited for students to walk and bike to school than the city of Saco.”
The resolution goes on to state that nationwide the rate of children walking or biking to school has been on the decline since the 1970s while the risks to the health of kids from inactivity has been on the rise.
In addition, the resolution says that traffic congestion at the beginning and end of the school day at all of Saco’s schools is a regular occurrence, and that kids who live a quarter or half a mile away make up half of all the vehicular traffic – even though that distance could be easily covered on foot or by bike.
“Now therefore,” the resolution states, “that the city of Saco proclaims May 9 as Saco Walk to School Day and encourages children of all ages to revisit the simple pleasures of walking and biking in and around our beautiful city.”