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International Walk to School Day was celebrated in Moscow School Dist.

International Walk to School Day was celebrated in Moscow School Dist.
MOSCOW, ID - Many students in the Moscow School District started their day off with a brisk walk or bike ride to school in celebration of International Walk to School Day.

Palouse Reporter Rachel Dubrovin tells us about a couple of local organizations that are helping Moscow stay active despite the recent drop in temperature.

It was a cold, foggy morning on the Palouse, but that certainly didn't stop the International Walk to School Day celebration in Moscow.

"There's a lot of people walking to school to participate for exercise and to be healthy," said Moscow Middle School student Ashlie Spickler.

"International Walk to School Day is especially great at the beginning of the school year," said Safe Routes to School Coordinator Brooke Lowry. "We're trying to get kids to try new habits, and try walking even when it's a little bit chilly out. They enjoy it. It's a lot of fun."

Brooke Lowry is the coordinator of Moscow's "Safe Routes to School" program, and she said more than a thousand kids in the Moscow School District either walked or biked to school Wednesday morning.

"I think the awareness has grown, and also the enthusiasm," said Lowry.

Moscow's enthusiasm for being active can be seen throughout the city. For example, a new community bike shop recently opened up downtown.

"You know the idea is, it's less retail based and more about education, and just access to tools," said Palouse Bicycle Collective Executive Director Jen Jackson.

Palouse Bicycle Collective is a non-profit organization. Members pay an annual fee of about $40 for access to a complete bike shop and educational workshops.

"It's on a sliding scale, so pay what you can, and we're really willing to work with you," said Jackson.

Cities like Portland and Boise have similar shops, and University of Idaho student Jen Jackson decided it was time for Moscow to get in on this biking trend.

"You know, I think my heart really lies with the kids in the community, and the youth, and just getting them started early," said Jackson.

Jackson said that even though summertime is long gone, students can make almost any day a 'bike to school' day.

"Get a pair of gloves, get some fenders, and go for it," said Jackson.

If you’re interested in learning more about this community bike shop, visit their website.
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