This week the City of Edinburg is asking citizens to include walking or biking into their daily commute to work or school.

Edinburg will join other cities across the nation to celebrate its second annual National Walk to Work Day on April 2. The City has also officially proclaimed April 3 through 9 as Walk or Bike to Work and School Week in Edinburg.

“Livable communities which are walkable and bike-friendly and transit-oriented development are the way of the future,” said Mark Peña, chairman of the Edinburg Environment Advisory Board (EEAB) and coordinator of its CoolCities campaign. “Livability also significantly impacts a city’s ability to attract new businesses, residents and tourism. That’s what this initiative is all about — the sustainability and future success of our community.”

Since 2004, National Walk to Work Day in the United States of America has been held on the first Friday of April and is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

For the second year in a row, the City of Edinburg, as part of its CoolCities initiative has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city, and has issued an official proclamation celebrating National Walk to Work Day and Walk or Bike to Work and School Week in Edinburg. The city is promoting a minimum 15 minute walk to work each way, according to Peña.

“Taking the pledge is free, and pledges are simply a way to encourage citizens to make a healthy commitment to walking and biking and highlight some of the many health, environmental and economic benefits of these activities,” he said.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) is partnering with the city in support of this initiative and offering free bus rides on Rio Metro in Edinburg from Friday, April 2nd thru Friday April 9th, 2010.

The City is inviting citizens who are interested in being a part of this celebration to take the Walk or Bike to Work and School Pledge by committing to walk or bike to work and school at least once between April 2nd and 9th, 2010. Pledge forms may be picked-up at either the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 602 W. University Dr. or the Edinburg World Birding Center at 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd.