Safe Routes to School
Why don't kids to walk and bike to school anymore?
Research on the safety of children walking and bicycling to school began in the early 1970s. In generations past, American children walked or biked to and from school regularly.
But with the rise in the number of cars, increased security concerns, and more women entering the workforce, dropping kids off at school became the norm. Worsening traffic, smog and safety risks for children were also concerns.
Safe Routes to School is Born
The first official Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program began in 1997 in the Bronx as a measure to change this trend. A chain-reaction was seen across the country, as other grassroots programs began springing up due to the popularity of the program among teachers, students and parents. In July 2005, Congress passed federal legislation that established a National Safe Routes to School program.
Benefits of Safe Routes to School
Mixing tradition with innovation, SRTS brings back the ability for kids to walk or bike to school. This translates into more daily physical activity, something that is so needed for children facing an epidemic of obesity.
SRTS Has Even More Benefits
- Less pollution near schools
- Safer buses pulling in and out of school zones
- Relationships between students, their parents, their teachers and their neighbors
- Improved sense of security in the community
- Connection between local business owners, community organizations and residents
Future Safe Routes to School Projects
Public information about the Safe Routes to School application process can be found on the
website of the Ohio Department of Transportation.
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