By Ian Thompson
To get local schoolchildren to be healthier and more alert in the classroom, Sarah Fitzgerald of the Solano Transportation Authority’s Safe Routes to School is asking them to get out of their parents’ cars and walk to school.
To do that, she and her staff are promoting efforts such as the Walking School Bus program, with adult volunteers escorting groups of students, the Bay Area Bike Mobile’s visits to local libraries to repair bikes and International Walk to School Day, where participating schools and students get prizes.
“We are working hard to reach out, primarily to elementary schools and middle schools,” Fitzgerald said. “The whole idea is to get kids moving.”