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Mayor Lavelle has proclaimed the month of October as “Carrboro Walk/Bike to School Month” and “October 4th, 2017” as “Carrboro Walk/Bike to School Day”. Walking and/or biking to school gives kids an opportunity to engage in physical activity that they might otherwise not have if they were driven to school. There is also an additional benefit of eliminating driving and helping the environment.
If you would like to see the details and history of these events, please see the full proclamation is below.
PROCLAMATIONDESIGNATING OCTOBER 2017 AS “CARRBORO WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL MONTH” AND “OCTOBER 4TH, 2017, AS CARRBORO WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY”
WHEREAS, in 2009 in Orange County, 35.7 percent of children aged 5 to 11 were overweight or obese, according to Orange County’s State of the County Health Report; and
WHEREAS, a lack of physical activity plays a leading role in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children, and being able to walk or bicycle to school offers them an opportunity to build activity into their daily routine; and
WHEREAS, walking just one mile to school, each way, equals two-thirds of the 60 minutes of daily exercise recommended for each day; and
WHEREAS, walking and bicycling to school in the United States has declined from almost 50 percent of all K through 8 students in 1969 to 13 percent in 2009, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School; and
WHEREAS, in 2009, American families drove 30 billion miles and made 6.5 billion vehicle trips to take their children two and from schools, representing 10-14 percent of traffic on the road during the morning commute; and
WHEREAS, according to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, returning to 1969 levels of walking and bicycling to school would save 3.2 billion vehicle miles, 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide and 89,000 tons of other pollutants--equal to keeping more than 250,000 cars off the road for a year; and
WHEREAS, Carrboro Vision 2020 Policy 3.25 encourages pedestrian safety; and
WHEREAS, the Carrboro Safe Routes to School Action Plan, adopted by the Board of Aldermen on May 22, 2012, and endorsed by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education on October 4, 2012, recommends establishing a regular Walk and Bike to School Day.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2017 as “Carrboro Walk/Bike to School Month” and “October 4th, 2017” as “Carrboro Walk/Bike to School Day”.
This is the 19th day September, 2017 ____________________________________ Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor