Grover from Sesame Street helps students through a crosswalk during International Walk to School Day 2012.

Grover from Sesame Street helps students through a crosswalk during International Walk to School Day 2012.

Back in August of 2005, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership began. Since then, the organization has been running events and introducing safety legislation all across America. The SRTS has even received the 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‘Game Changer’ award.┬áThis year, the Local Government Commission is proud to host the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference here in Sacramento.

The conference, entitled ‘Building on Success-Projects, Programs, People’ will be held on August 13-15 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Registration will be open until July 14th. The event will be focused on how to make walking or biking to school safe and fun for students nationwide. That means building more sidewalks, crosswalks, and passing new legislation.

Not only is registration now open for the conference, but also for International Walk to School Day. For the 17th year, organizers that register will have access to downloadable flyers, certificates, and other materials to encourage involvement in the event. Those who register can even share biking and walking routes with other participants via a virtual Map-a-Route tool.

Many Sacramento citizens believe that children should walk or bike to school if possible, and should be able to do so safely. According to saferoutespartnership.org, a study showed that schools in California that received infrastructure improvements through the Safe Routes to School program resulted in walking and bicycling increases in the range of 20 to 200 percent. That massive increase is sure to produce environmental, economical, and healthful benefits.

You can register for the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference here.

To find out more about Walk to School Day 2013 and how you can get involved, you can go here.