Hendersonville elementary and middle schools are planning to walk to school Friday. The event kicks off Henderson Strive week, which offers pedestrian, bicycle safety and transportation-themed events Friday through May 25.

Strive Week events emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity, pedestrian safety, concern for the environment and decreasing traffic congestion. Walking and bicycling to school and work build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Students and community members of Hendersonville elementary and middle schools are invited on a journey to school that celebrates the benefits of walking. Participants will gather prior to 7:20 a.m. at either of two meeting places: YMCA at 810 W. Sixth Ave. or Grace Lutheran Church at 1245 W. Sixth Ave. 

The safe route, co-hosted by Henderson County Health Department’s Active Routes to School Program, AARP, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, Hendersonville Family YMCA and Hendersonville Police Department, will travel from both locations to the elementary and middle school.

Parents, guardians and volunteers are invited to free coffee at the YMCA following the walk to discuss the event and their needs to create safer routes for walking and bicycling in the community. The safer it is for kids to walk to school, the safer it is for the people of all ages to enjoy active healthy lifestyles. 

For more information, call 828-460-7328.