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Zozo wants you to Walk to School!

For those of you who do not yet know him - meet Zozo!  He's Livable Streets' big purple friend who loves anything that gets people out of cars and moving about the streets.  You might find him riding his ZoGo along the new PPW bike lane, sitting out in the pedestrian plaza in Union Square or catching the 4 train to amble about the city.  Or right here on Streetfilms in the next few months as he talks about the best "Way to Go!"

So, what better way to mark this year’s International Walk to School Day on October 6th, than to get the info directly from Zozo. According to our friends at the National Center for Safe Routes to School, this idea began in 1997 when the Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago.  Since 2002, it has become a worldwide event, with schools here in America in all 50 states leading the way for healthier children.  Make sure you get out for Walk to School and walk or ride your bike that day!

For more info, or to register your event that day go to www.walktoschool.org.  In 2009, there were great events in New York City & San Francisco that Streetfilms captured.

<br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[intro music]</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Zozo:</i> [00:08] Hello, Zozo here wishing you a very happy International Walk to School Day. And here’s my greeting card to you. Walk. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>All:</i> [00:28] Walk to school.</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <a href="http://transcriptdivas.ca/transcription-canada/">Transcript Divas Transcription Canada </a>
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  • MRN

    Jesus. Zozo is terrifying.

  • Kristen

    How many children are going to run, shrieking in terror, straight into oncoming traffic at the sight of Zozo?

    Hell, I think I would and I'm 35.

  • taomom

    Come on, folks. Haven't you ever watched Sesame Street? Zozo is pretty much a dead ringer for Snuffy. Kids will get it.

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/KimWS Kim Wiley-Schwartz


    Thanks for recognizing that our Zozo is indeed a Henson-made creation - a point of pride! We like to think of him as a Gonzo/Snuffy combo. Having spent quite a bit of time with Zozo and many children, we can assure everyone that they love him - especially in person.

  • Zozo for Prezo

    Personally, I love the Zozo!

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/njudah Greg

    It just seems strange to me that kids don't walk to school anymore. I mean, I'm not THAT old but I used to walk to school by myself when I was 5-6 years old (no snow up to my eyes though) and while it wasn't super far away, it was far enough (at least for elementary school, oddly jr. high was around the corner, and we lived in a walkable suburb zomg!). later, I'd ride my bike and no one was axe murdered. 

    Are we really so unsafe that we must take kids to school in a Humvee, or are we just scared because of all those TV shows about crime? 

  • queens parent

    Kids in my neighborhood are driven from a block away. Its not fear of crime or that the kids can't walk, its the traffic. There have been several accidents (including one fatal) near the school. Drivers speed up the streets, run stop signs and don't stop for children or adults. Add in cell phones and text messaging and you can see why kids don't walk anymore. The streets are too dangerous. Zozo is NOT going to change that fact.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    Some people ask, Can you we afford this Muppet on the Streetfilms budget? What they should really be asking is: Can we afford not to have this Muppet roaming the streets of NYC?

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/bikeculturetheory Justin

    He is pretty damn scary and vaguely deviant.

  • http://www.livablestreets.com/people/cantorkintisch Cantor Benjamin Kintisch

    Part of the idea is that sometimes drivers act like they can't see people - including mommies pushing babies and toddlers in strollers. A huge purple character is harder to miss, and lots of fun.

    I can speak to the danger issue at my school - located in Flatbush/Midwood, along Kings Highway, we are an Elementary School with probably ZERO walkers or bikers. Probably because everyone knows its such a scary street. I'm going to approach our principal to see if we can do a walk to school event with an eye towards safety.

  • Scott McElhiney

    So, that's what happened to the Cloverfield monster after integrating with NYC culture.


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