California has set October as the Walk to School Month, and is encouraging children to walk to school rather than being driven by their parents (where possible). The program encourages parents to walk students to school as a means of providing family time, exercise, less air pollution, a way of getting to know your neighbors and providing additional safety for children.
Those not having students in school may participate by clearing sidewalks and walkways of debris and overhanging branches, to make a clear path for walkers. Drivers can take this time to be more watchful for walkers.
At a time childhood obesity is on the rise, walking to school provides a natural means of getting physical activity on a regular basis.