National Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. In 2000, the event spread internationally to include Canada and the United Kingdom, according to the International Walk to School Day website.
A total of 3,626 schools are participating in the one-day event across the country, 191 of which are in Illinois, in 29 cities.
“Often, this one-day event becomes the catalyst to larger commitments and permanent improvements that make walking and bicycling to school safer transportation options year round,” said Lauren Marchetti, director for the National Center for Safe Routes to School, in a press release.
To view a list of other Illinois cities and schools participating in the event, click here.
For more information about this international movement, visit the International Walk to School website.