The Santa Monica Police Department in partnership with the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District will join other schools from around the country to celebrate National Walk to School Day.

Students from the Santa Monica School District will be walking and biking to school from Wednesday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 7 along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Members of the Santa Monica Police Department will be deploying traffic/patrol officers to the neighborhoods near schools to support the event and enforce traffic laws; reminding everyone the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling. It also emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The event forges closer ties between law enforcement, families, schools and the community.