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Walking Together: Schools in Baldwin County to Embrace Spring Walk and Roll to School Day

Apr 11, 2024, 09:50 AM

Walk and Roll to School Day events raises awareness for the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. These events build connections between families, schools, and the broader community. 

On May 1, 2024, participating schools in Baldwin County will come together for this initiative. Students, parents, teachers, community members, and volunteers will walk to school, experiencing the positive impacts and inspiring community engagement.

This event will be the fourth Walk to School Day initiated by Baldwin County Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Coalition. The coalition represents a collaborative effort that includes the Baldwin County Trailblazers, the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Baldwin County Commission, the Legislative Delegation, education foundations, as well as all three public school systems: Baldwin County Public Schools, Gulf Shores City Schools, and Orange Beach City Schools. The SRTS Coalition encourages all schools within Baldwin County to explore options for reducing barriers that keep students from having safe walking and biking routes to their local schools.

The Baldwin County Trailblazers, with over 20 years of advocacy for SRTS, have been instrumental in championing this cause. For a decade, they've operated a daily Walking School Bus program at Fairhope West Elementary. Additionally, in Spring 2023, Gulf Shores City Schools introduced their own Walking School Bus program, making them the only two such programs in the state. The SRTS Coalition eagerly anticipates the growth of Walk to School Day initiates across Baldwin County's communities throughout their ongoing efforts.

Schools to join Spring Walk to school Day: Daphne Elementary, Bay Minette Elementary, Summerdale Schook. Florence B. Mathis Elementary, Fairhope West Elementary, Orange Beach Elementary, Gulf Shores City Schools, and St. Patrick Catholic School.

Individual schools will have their own designated start times and locations. For specific details, please refer to the event information provided by each participating school.