International Walk to School Day is nearly here! Are you ready to walk?
Physical activity isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.
—Let’s Move Active Schools
Children who are physically active are healthier and do better in school, yet only 1 in 3 kids are active daily. To reverse this trend, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Let’s Move Active Schools, during the Chicago stop of her Let’s Move! Anniversary Tour. Read more
With the support of many Vermont organizations, Complete Streets legislation was passed there in 2011 and requires that the needs of all users of all ages (drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit) be considered in all transportation projects and project phases. The Vermont Department of Health has created a guide to help community leaders for implementation of the act. Download the Guide
The national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program was funded by Congress in 2005 in an effort to create safe environments for American children to walk or bike to school. Has the program been effective? In New York City, most definitely, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health that evaluated the program here. Researchers found that the annual rate of injury to school-age pedestrians ages 5-19 fell 44% during the peak times for walking to school, in neighborhoods where the program was implemented. Significantly, the injury rate did not drop in parts of the city where the SRTS safety program was not in place. read more
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is pleased to announce the release of The Walking School Bus Program: A Primer and First Steps, an online audio/video training program that provides strategies and tips for planning a Walking School Bus program. read more
The City of Portland has just compiled the numbers from their fall 2012 Safe Routes to School parent survey. The results show an encouraging upward trend of biking and walking rates. In fact, 10.3 percent of the fall 2012 survey respondents said they biked to school. That’s a 36 percent increase from fall 2011 and it’s the highest bike mode share recorded they’ve ever recorded. read more