Bike or Walk to School
Today, more than ever, there is a need to provide options that allow children to walk and bicycle to school safely. Many communities struggle with traffic congestion around schools and motor vehicle emissions polluting the environment. At the same time, children in general engage in less physical activity, which contributes to the growing epidemic of obesity. At first glance, these problems may seem to be separate issues, but Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs can address all these challenges through a coordinated action plan. For more information on addressing concerns for children walking to school, see the National Center for Safe Routes to School website or the Safe Routes to School Online Guide.
Examples of how communities have implemented Safe Routes to Schools programs can be found in the video: Creating Safe Routes to School: It Takes a Community, available through the PBIC YouTube Channel.