Wednesday was Walk and Bike to School Day, and schools all across the country took part. But some central Nebraska communities want kids to be walking and biking every day.
Last year over 4,000 schools in the nation took part in Walk and Bike to School Day.
Besides getting youth more active, part of the goal is to get people to look at how safe it is for kids to actually walk in their own neighborhoods.
"It's a great day to take advantage of learning more about how to develop safe routes to your community, how to get involved in your community if you're a parent out there and you're wondering, 'how do I make a safer path for my kid to be able to get to school?'" says Denise Zwiener, Director of Buffalo County Community Partners in Kearney.
Zwiener says their Activate Buffalo County coalition is just getting started on their Safe Routes to school plan.
But as they learn more about what needs to change, they're finding something that another of the tri-cities recently learned: more safety isn't always better safety.
The Grand Island Streets Department says they removed four crosswalks around Gates Elementary. Streets Superintendent Shannon Callahan says it makes less signage to distract drivers, and causes pedestrians to use a push button protected crossing at Blaine and Louise.
"Having less of them will draw more attention to were actually people want to be crossing, and having a higher volume of pedestrians there too will make people realize why it's important to slow down for these school zones because you actually see the people out there waiting to cross the street," says Callahan.
Both cities say schools are the place to start a safety conversation because they're wrapped around the communities they're in.
"You really won't be able to create change around a school without the involvement of that entire school community, meaning the parents and the faith communities and other individuals," says Zwiener.
The Activate Buffalo County coalition will meet again on Nov. 12, and Zwiener says they're hoping parents and community members will get involved.