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Date: 10-04-2010

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Bernice Cage

(o)614-233-4157

(c)614-626-1117

MORPC Promotes Walkable Communities with International Walk to School Day

(Columbus-October 4, 2010) The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will promote and coordinate this year's International Walk to School Day Wednesday, October 6. Last year, 40 schools in central Ohio participated. MORPC's goal this year is to increase that number to 50.

Walk to School Days take place every October in communities throughout the world as part of International Walk to School Month. Millions of children, parents and community leaders around the world participate with the shared mission to promote safer and improved streets, healthier habits through physical activity, and environmental conservation by reducing traffic congestion and pollution.

"MORPC's goal is for kids to walk and bike to school every day, not just once a year. We want kids to experience what nature has to offer and what better way to do that than to walk and bike to school," said Amanda McEldowney, associate planner for MORPC.

Participating agencies in central Ohio include schools, health departments, service departments, police agencies and parent associations, among others. The goal is to bring communities together, to build partnerships among different agencies, and to work towards a safer and more livable region.

MORPC has provided helpful tool kits, links and brochures accessible online at www.morpc.org/walktoschool. Parents will find information on how to determine safe routes, create a kid-friendly map to school, form a "walking school bus" and much more. For more information or to coordinate Walk to School Day at your school, contact Kerstin Carr at 614-233-4163 or kcarr@morpc.org.

MORPC is a voluntary association of 47 local governments in central Ohio serving the region through planning, direct service, public policy information and innovative programming and intergovernmental coordinating services in the areas of transportation, land use, energy conservation, the environment and housing.