Palo Alto Weekly

- September 26, 2007

Palo Alto 'Walks and Rolls'

Oct. 1 to 6 has been designated as the week to bike, walk and take mass transit

A coalition of health, transportation, environmental, business and neighborhood groups is sponsoring a weeklong campaign to promote walking, biking and alternative transportation in Palo Alto.

Oct. 1-6 has been designated as "Palo Alto Walks and Rolls" week. Its kick-off will be held at the Palo Alto Moonlight Run and Walk on Sept. 28. County Supervisor Liz Kniss and Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, among others, will be on hand to launch the campaign.

The week's events will include "Walk and Roll to School" aimed at children and their parents, with various activities held at local schools; "Walk and Roll to Lunch," which will encourage local employees and residents to walk, bike or take transit to their midday meal at least once during the week; a "Walkability Workshop" for neighborhood groups; and a "Community Walk and Roll" along the Ellen Fletcher Bike Boulevard (Bryant Street) on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The campaign's goal is to double or triple the habit of walking and biking in Palo Alto and create a "tipping point" of cultural change, organizers say.

This is the first in a series of events building up to the Amgen Tour of California Overall Start in February 2008.

For more information, contact Paul Garcia, aide to Kniss, at 408-299-5057.

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