100 in Rhinebeck walk, bike to school for a cause

A rainy morning did not stop students and families from Chancellor Livingston Elementary school in Rhinebeck from participating in the International Walk and Bike to School Day on Oct. 7.

More than 100 students participated with local town and village officials, as well as police and state troopers helping out at crosswalks and with traffic safety. Metta Callahan and Lottchen Schivers coordinated the event for Rhinebeck as part of the Safe Access to Schools Committee and Community in Support of Public Education.

Walk and Bike to School Day began in 1997. The Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first event in Chicago. It was simply a day to bring community leaders and children together to create awareness of the need for walkable communities.

Children are encouraged to walk or bike to school in an effort to increase physical activity, keep the air cleaner, teach road safety skills, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, as well as to encourage the kids to have some outdoor social time with their friends before starting school for the day.