Thursday, April 10, 2008

Safe Routes To School

There will be more posts coming on the Safe Routes to School program as I embark on the challenge of campaigning for and hopefully help in the implementation of the program here in Vermillion. I highly advise you check the program out for your respective communities.

Why am I so passionate about SRTS? The stats say it all. In 1969, approximately 50% of children walked or biked to school, and 87% of children living within one mile of school did. Today, fewer than 15% of schoolchildren walk or bike to school. So it shouldn't be amazing at all that there are more than three times as many overweight children today as there were 25 years ago.

From the traffic standpoint as much as 20 to 30% of morning rush hour traffic can be parents driving children to schools. I truly wouldn't be surprised if that number isn't higher here in Vermillion. The traffic is crazy in the morning. Get closer to our congested schools and it only gets worse.

There are many reasons to be passionate about this program. The thought of making a difference for potentially generations to come definitely tops that list. What are yours?

Take the time to watch both videos. It will help you find your own passion for the program.

Why Safe Routes To School Matter

Safe Routes Promotional Video from the League of American Bicyclists

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