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Walk-to-School Day


May 5th, 2010 is Walk to School day

The last "Walking School Bus"  leaves the Library parking lot at 8am, we arrive to Claypit around 8:35am.   email larrykiernan@comcast.net if you have questions.
 

 OCT 8th, 2008 was a great day to walk to school.  Nice Job Kids! 
 

 
 We gathered at the Frieght House by the library
 
 
 
 

Wayland Elementary Schools to celebrate

National Walk to School Day on October 8, 2008.

                                                                                  

Wayland, MA –October 13, 2008—Wayland students and families from Claypit Hill and Happy Hollow Elementary Schools celebrated National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th.  This was an all out effort to not only get kids and families out there exercising and promoting environmental conservation, but also as  an effort to help promote the Rail Trail in Wayland. The event was supported by the Friends of the Wayland Rail Trail and The Wayland Parents Health and Wellness Committee.

 

“In Wayland, the abandoned Mass Central Rail Line runs thru the heart of the town and connects many destinations.  For people in the town center, the rail trail path is a healthy, safe way to walk to Claypit Hill.  It’s great!  A nice  mile and a half  walk along the scenic, tree lined trail with a small street crossing at the school entrance,” says Larry Kiernan, a town center resident and Friend of the Wayland Rail Trail.

 
Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.
 

In the U.S., International Walk to School Day was expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. joined children and adults in 40 countries from around the world.

 

 Did you know..

- 40 years ago 50% of kids walked to school and today only 14% walk

-Parents dropping their kids off at school account for 20-30 percent of all morning rush hour traffic

- The decline in walking and biking has had an adverse efect on air quality around schools 

 

The abandoned rail line, last used in 1971 runs about 3 miles east-west from Weston town line to Sudbury town line. It starts at the edge of the Weston Woods at the Rowan Hills Conservation Area crosses Plain Rd, and Glenn Rd then passes by Mill Pond, Historic Town Center, Library, crosses 126/27 intersection, Wayland Depot and the proposed Railroad Interpretive Site. It goes behind the businesses on Route 20 to the New Town Center Development, crosses Route 20 at Russell’s, and goes over the Sudbury River into the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.  

The Friends of the Wayland Rail Trail would like to transform the abandoned rail bed in to a recreational asset for Wayland residents of all ages for walking, jogging, biking, cross-country skiing and horseback–riding, while respecting the privacy of our neighbors and the environment.

For additional information, please visit these Web sites:

          

International Walk to School in the USA                           www.walktoschool.org                       

National Center for Safe Routes to School                www.saferoutesinfo.org

Friends of Wayland Rail Trail                                     www.waylandrailtrail.org

Thanks to the Wayland Depot, Wayland Library and Wholefoods for supporting National Walk-To-School Day!
           
   
 
   Looking east from  Millbrook Road
 
 
 
 Town Center to Claypit  (Click to enlarge)
 
 
 
 
 Thank You Whole Foods for the Cider! 
 
 
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