In 1960, half of kids walked or bike to school. Today fewer than 15% of kids walk or bike to school. Today’s kids are the first generation of Americans with a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
Safe Routes to School is the national movement to get more kids walking and biking to school. When kids walk or bike to school they not only get a daily dose of much-needed physical activity, they also burn off excess energy and arrive the classroom ready to learn. Safe Routes to School focuses on providing incentives for students to walk or bike to school, and providing them a safe environment in which to travel.
Organizing a walking school bus with neighbors, asking the city to install a crosswalk across a busy street, adding bike racks at schools, and reforming district policies are all steps that schools, parents, and community members can take to make it safer and easier to walk and bike to school. BikeWalkKC is a nationally-recognized leader in helping communities get more kids walking and biking to school, offering services, programs, resources, and consulting for parents, communities, and schools.