Boston Schools Observe 'Walk, Bike, & Roll To School' Day

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The wheels on schools buses in Boston went round and round Wednesday morning, but some opted to skip the ride all together. Instead, many students observed Walk, Bike, and Roll Day, movements that the state calls a benefit and promotion for a "safe, healthy, and active lifestyle."

There are three days a year that the state encourages students to go to school in an alternative method of transportation to cars and buses. In addition to Wednesday there's iWalk, the international day to walk, bike and roll to school comes on the first Wednesday of October and Massachusetts Winter Walk to School Day in February.

WBZ's Chris Fama spoke to a neighbor in South Boston, who said times have changed and that kids just are not biking to class anymore.

"Nobody rides bikes anymore. It's too dangerous for the kids to ride their bikes, plus a lot of them are bussed— they're not going to their local schools, which is a big reason why they don't take a bike," one woman said.

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But some said the day could be a great way to uproot that narrative.

"You know you put them outside and say 'go have some fun' and they look at you like you have three heads," one resident said.

The state also provides a map of safe routes to schools across the Commonwealth.

WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.

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