On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, all elementary and middle schools in the Gilroy Unified School District were asked to participate in the National Walk and Bike to School Day. As part of a Federal Safe Routes to School grant, the goal is to enable and encourage children in Kindergarten through Eighth grade to safely walk and bicycle to school, resulting in more students walking and bicycling to school, decreased traffic congestion around schools, reduced childhood obesity, and improved air quality, among other outcomes. The focus areas are Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement. This is a collaborative effort amongst the City of Gilroy, the Gilroy Unified School District, the Gilroy Police Department and the Gilroy Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Board. The education and outreach component for middle and elementary school will focus on the following best practices: 1) identification of an in-school leader (the Prinicipal); 2) strong parental support and advocacy; 3) ongoing pro-walking and pro-bicycling events to create healthy lifestyles; and 4) implementation of school and district-wide policies to support walking and bicycling to and from school.