Graham Middle School saw a sharp increase in the number of students who walked or biked to school on Nov. 1, "Anything but a Car Day."
The special day, organized by the traffic safety organization Safe Moves, was held last Friday, with the intent of showing parents and students alike that driving to school isn't all it's cracked up to be.
According to a Safe Moves press release, 20 percent of all morning traffic is caused by parents driving their children to school.
It used to be different. Safe Moves founder, Pat Hines, said that children used to walk or bike to school in much higher numbers. "Thirty years ago, over 75 percent of students walked or biked to school," according to the press release. Contrast that with 2013, when only 20 percent of students get to school on their bicycles or on foot.
Walking and biking to school is not only a great form of exercise, according to Hines, it also cuts down on harmful vehicle emissions.