As daily walkers, my son and I were so excited to join a larger group of folks for fun and fellowship on the way to school! We love strolling around downtown Cary between our home off of Kildaire, CES, our family's shop on Chatham, and everywhere in between but we don't usually have so many friends with us! This was our first year participating in Walk n Roll and it was really exciting to see families hanging out and hyped to go to school. Paws the Couger and the breakfast goodies were an added bonus. The PTA supplied chalk and along with a few neighbors we decorated the walking route on our way to meet the group- starting with lots of colorful drawings at the front entrance to the school and ending at the Old Library site where other chalk creations were already in full swing. The walk from the Old Library park to the school felt (and looked!) like a parade - it's great to see that many smiles first thing in the morning! Pups, scooters, and cyclists were also in attendance.
We are lucky to live near enough CES that walking is a daily activity for us, but frequent construction and redevelopment around us has impacted our pedestrian abilities significantly in recent years. I hope the pace of development slows soon, and that in the meantime the Town of Cary takes notice of the increased need for safety measures like better lighting and signage at crosswalks, intersections, and pedestrian heavy locations. It would be amazing to see older sidewalks get rehabbed for our friends on wheels, and the town to consider the needs of pedestrians just as much as drivers when it comes to closures and improvements.
We are looking forward to next year's event - til then, see you on the sidewalks of Cary!