On Wednesday, October 6, students throughout Goleta will be walking to school as part of the worldwide Walk to School Day. Students at Brandon School, Ellwood School, Goleta Valley Junior High, Kellogg School and Santa Barbara Charter School will be participating in Walk to School events.
“I have fond memories of walking to school as a child and I am looking forward to greeting Goleta children and their parents as they walk, bike, skateboard and scooter to school on Wednesday morning,” said Councilmember Michael T. Bennett. He continued, “Walk to School Day draws attention to an issue that requires our attention every day and that is, making our streets, bikeways, and sidewalks safe for children.”
City of Goleta Mayor Pro Tempore Margaret Connell and Councilmember Bennett, representatives from Assemblymember Pedro Nava’s office and Supervisor Doreen Farr’s office, Valerie Kushnerov, Goleta School Board President, Paula Perotte, Community Concerns Commissioner, California State
PTA, Garrett Te Slaa, Community Resource Deputy from the City of Goleta and members of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department will join children and their families as they celebrate Bike on Wednesday/Walk on Wednesday (BOW WOW) at Brandon School in Goleta.
The City of Goleta was the first City in California to adopt lower speed limits in and around schools. This legislation which was authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava, is dubbed “Nordyke’s Bill” after former Goleta Traffic Supervisor Greg Nordyke – a long time champion of safety around schools.
Children worldwide celebrate Walk to School Day on October 6 and Brandon School makes it a year-long Wednesday event with their BOW WOW (Bike on Wednesdays, Walk on Wednesdays) program. The purpose of Walk to School Day is to highlight the importance of bicycle andpedestrian safety for children.