Beat the Street: DOT and DOE Launch International Walk to School Contest

Janette Sadik-Khan and Dennis Walcott in Astoria. Photo: ##https://twitter.com/NYC_DOT/status/393353314378977280/photo/1##@NYC_DOT##

DOT and the Department of Education today announced the “Beat the Street” contest, where NYC kids compete with their counterparts around the world to see who can rack up the most walking trips to and from school. From a DOT press release:

Since the competition started here on October 15th, more than 1,000 students from two Queens schools, IS 141-The Steinway School in Astoria and JHS 210-The Elizabeth Blackwell School in Ozone Park, have competed against students in Liverpool, England, with hundreds more in London, England and Shanghai, China joining the three-week long competition in November. Each participating New York City student can simply swipe a keycard at any “Beat Box” location installed by DOT at key points along major pedestrian routes to each of the two Queens schools.

Points are accumulated based on the number of swipes, and are tracked in real time on the competition web site. (I.S. 241 is crushing it at this writing.) Prizes will be awarded to each school and also to individual students. The winning school gets a thousand bucks from London-based Intelligent Health, and a matching contribution will go to UNICEF.

“Good habits can last a lifetime, and we’re teaching kids to put their best foot forward early by learning the importance that walking plays in a healthy lifestyle,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who appeared at the Astoria event with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. “New York City is one of the world’s most walkable cities, so our students have a head start when it comes to learning healthy routines for life.”

  • Bill D.

    Encouraging children to walk to school? Promoting safe streets and physical exercise? This woman is a radical!

  • Mark Walker

    Yeah, Blaz did call her that. Who would refer to a progressive as a radical? Someone deeply conservative. A fascist, actually.

  • Mark Walker

    How sad that what was once a normal, logical, healthy way of life now needs this kind of consciousness raising. What have we become?

  • Peanut

    Well, if my son would have got into his zone school then I would be doing this. Not only do I have to drive him but I also have to pay for his schooling now. Thanks NYC DOE!! You’re the greatest!!!

  • Parking on sidewalks is free!!

    Our walk to school is dangerous due to lack of stop signs, stop lights, faded crosswalks and dozens of cars and trucks that park on our sidewalks near ps166q in Astoria. We need our streets designed for pedestrians and ticketing and towing of cars parked on the sidewalk.

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant, Janet ! put it up in all the schools ! how do we get in the program?

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