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Remember the fun and energy of walking and biking to school Safe Routes to School SRTS Tucson is supporting families so our kids dont miss out on that experience In its second year the SRTS Tucson program is in full swing working with area schools to educate and encourage kids and sponsoring regional events so all children throughout Pima County can enjoy the rewards of active commuting. THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM HAS BIG PLANS This past fall a whopping 45 schools and almost 10000 students participated in the 2015 WALKtober Walk to School Challenge. The spring SRTS regional event the ApROLL Bike Walk to School Challenge April 11 -15 2016 is fast approaching. Kids who attend participating schools and travel by foot during event weeks will receive prizes and compete for honors amongst other schools. Want your child to participate in the upcoming ApROLL Challenge All Tucson and Pima area schools are eligible for the event and can register at A new school year is right around the corner and with it comes new possibilities SRTS Tucson will be selecting a new focus school for the 2016-2017 school year and will work closely with this school to find solutions to travel challenges and build a culture of biking and walking among students staff and families. If you would like to nominate a school for this opportunity email SRTS Tucson is here to help local kids stay safe on the move For more ideas and ways to enjoy walking and biking with children visit the SRTS Tucson website events and resources pages. Safe Routes to School Tucson keeps biking walking Kidson the Move WALK OR BIKE ONE DAY A WEEK. Walkingbiking just once a week helps your child build healthy habits for a lifetime. Get started Schedule time for one morning or afternoon walk a week. Check with your school to see if they have walkingbiking encouragement programs. PARK WALK. If you drive parking away from school lets you save time enjoy a short walk with your child and avoid the stress of the school drop-off and pick-up area. Get started Find a parking space a block or more away from school and walk with your child from there. WALK TO THE SCHOOL BUS. A short walk to the bus is a great way to start the day. Get started Walk on a weekend and test how long it takes to walk to the bus stop with your child so you can set your departure time. Would you love for your child to walk or bike to school but feel too busy dont want them walking alone or live too far from school Dont despair Here are a few simple ideas for busy families to make walking and biking to school work for them BikeLife Tucson 21 By Sarah Prasek