Why Safe Routes to School?
Today, fewer than 15 percent of children travel to school by non-motorized transportation, while 30 years ago almost 66 percent of children walked or bicycled to school. This decline has added to traffic congestion, poor air quality and the deterioration of children's health.
To reverse this trend, in 2005 the federal government created Safe Routes to School. The program provides federal reimbursement for local initiatives that make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing option for kids. It is based on five simple concepts: education, encouragement, enforcement, engineering and evaluation. Read more about these concepts at the National Center for Safe Routes to School
The goals of Safe Routes to School are to:
Read more about Idaho's program.
- Enable and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school
- Improve the safety of children walking and bicycling to school
- Faciliate projects and activities that will reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution near schools