Oakton students will take the sidewalk to school Wednesday instead of the school bus as part of International Walk (or Bike) to School Day.
The event started in Chicago in the late 1990s and is sponsored by the Partnership for a Walkable America.
More than 3,500 schools are participating in the United States alone. The goals are to raise awareness about alternative transportation, safe routes to school and the health benefits of walking or biking.
Several Oakton-area schools will participate this year. About three dozen schools in Fairfax County, Falls Church, Vienna and Herndon are participating, and 150 schools are participating in Virginia in all.
Fairfax County Public Schools first formally endorsed the event in 2011.
Local police are asking drivers on Wednesday
to be especially cautious around schools with the expected increase in students
walking, biking or even skateboarding to school that day.
Wednesday’s weather is expected to be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. The high temperature Wednesday will be in the mid 60s.