Walk & Bike to School Day

Camden Rockport Middle School - Walk & Bike to School
October 3, 2019

On October 2, the Camden Rockport Middle School (CRMS) walkandbikestudents participated in the Walk & Bike to School event. This annual event brings awareness of the benefits of starting each day with physical activity and helping students experience positive health benefits that come from being physically active. The event also strives to bring awareness to pedestrian safety and using crosswalks in the downtown area, heavy traffic areas, and safe travel by bike or scooter.

Over 300 students participated, some who don’t normally walk or ride bikes to school and some who do. Students participated by arriving on foot, bikes, scooters, or skateboards. The bike racks were overflowing, and students had bigger than normal smiles on their faces as they arrived. 

Gretchen Kuhn, CRMS Nurse, who coordinates the event every year, said it is always well received by students and they are happy to participate. “We are lucky to still have an in-town school with a walkable location and we love to celebrate this unique opportunity with our Camden Rockport families by holding the Walk & Bike to School event every year.” 

CRMS students who regularly ride buses were dropped off at the Tannery Lot on Washington Street and used the sidewalk on Washington Street to walk to school. Students who arrived in a private vehicle were dropped off at Congregational Church parking lot and walked to school via Free Street. 

Everyone participates by walking, riding bikes, scooters, or skateboards with helmets, of course. Staff were on hand to assist students by helping to alert traffic and ensuring neighborhood safety.

Each year participation in both the National Walk and Bike to School Days grows. In 2018, more than 5,600 communities registered Walk to School Day events and even more participated but didn’t register online according to walkbiketoschool.org.

photos provided by Ellen Curtis