BAKERSFIELD, CA. — Thousands of students will walk or ride their bike to school today for National Walk or Ride to School Day.
“Walk to school day was started in 1997 by the National Center for Safe Routes to School it's trying to increase walking and biking among young people and get them to school safely and on time and it helps them know the side walks in their community so they can properly use them," Aasha Chandy, Bike Bakersfield.
A local mom shared her journey of walking her daughters to school every morning and the impact it has had.
“We love walking to school. I have three daughters so we all go together then I go and pick one up and we walk and pick another one up and its great for them we really look forward to the bonding time as a family and everything," Heather Vargas, parent of Almondale Elementary student.
Students are encouraged to ignite conversations with their parents, grandparents, or friend during their walk to school.
“I get to see the beautiful plants and trees and I get to really bond with my family not like in the car," Violet Vargas, student at Almondale Elementary student.
Bakersfield Police Department will at Tevis Park and Bike Bakersfield will be at Almondale Park before school starts to encourage the national day.