Cincinnati Public students lace up their shoes for National Walk to School Day

CINCINNATI -- As students lace up their shoes and head out to school Wednesday, many might be opting to walk instead of taking the bus.

That’s because it’s National Walk to School Day in Cincinnati.

Local leaders are taking part in the healthy option as well.

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Councilman Wendell Young will join Bond Hill Academy Principal Tom Boggs in leading a “walking school bus” during the event.

Organizers said the “walking school bus” will comprise a group of students walking to school on a pre-determined route, accompanied by adults.

The idea is meant to combine fun and safety while walking to school.

The Bond Hill Academy “bus” is one of 15 that was organized by the Cincinnati Public Schools Safe Routes to School program.

The Bond Hill Academy bus will make seven stops along the route before getting to class.

Qualls office said she introduced a motion last fall calling on the city to adopt the CPS Safe Routes to School district-wide plan. She said it was the first for an urban school district in the county.

Aside from espousing the benefits of creating a more walkable and bike-friendly community, Qualls office said the plan identified 15 intersections that are in need of improvements.

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