Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a rising international effort to increase safety and promote walking and bicycling to/from school through the "5Es: engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation."
Reasons for the ProgramDuring the past two to three decades, there has been an incredible rise in obesity and physical inactivity in children and adults. The impact on health and health-care costs is high and will continue to rise dramatically. In 1969, roughly half of all children walked or biked to school. Now, it is about 15 percent. For school trips less than one mile, 29 percent walk or bike. There is a strong correlation between communities with good bicycle and pedestrian environments, and having more active residents. Air quality and traffic congestion around schools has also become an issue.
For more information on this program contact Ashley Christensen or Casey Mai.
"I am way too busy - but I enjoy this, and love the kids! If it were any other time of day I could not make it work. I am not an "earlybird" by any means, but I have really enjoyed this."
~Volunteer for morning Walking School Bus in West Union
"This was so well publicized and ran. My entire family enjoyed ourselves during the event and the kids were so excited to get practice on their big-boy bikes! I hope you continue doing it."
~Parent who attended the North Fayette Valley Bike Rodeo