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Who we are and what we do.

What is Safe Routes to School?

Safety

Safe Routes to School programs help communities create safer walking and biking routes in the vicinity of schools, so parents are comfortable allowing their children to walk and bike to school.

Health and Development

In the past decade, the number of active children in the United States has decreased, and the nationwide childhood obesity rate has increased. To reverse this trend, Safe Routes to School programs encourage children to be more active by walking and biking to school. A growing body of research indicates that youth who consistently walk and bike to and from school are more physically active across the day, and have higher intensities of physical activity than those who do not actively commute to school. As more children walk and bike to school, traffic volume and congestion decreases. Reducing the number of vehicles in the vicinity of schools reduces the risk of crashes, improves air quality, and decreases health problems such as asthma. Exposure to nature and time for free outdoor play can have multiple mental health benefits including improved concentration, behavior and stress reduction. The daily walk to school offers children an opportunity to spend time in the natural environment. When appropriate and safe, walking and bicycling to school is an experience that can help children develop a sense of independence that is important for development.

Environment

As more children walk and bike to school, traffic volume and congestion decreases. Reducing the number of vehicles in the vicinity of schools reduces the risk of crashes, improves air quality, and decreases health problems such as asthma.