Look both ways™…

When we cross the street with children, these words come from our mouths almost automatically. Protecting children—teaching them how to live a long life—is so natural; we barely have to think about it. In the same way, teaching children how to live healthy, active lives should be just as natural. Safety and healthy living should go hand in hand.

That’s not always the case.

Walking or biking to school is one of the best ways for children to practice safety while learning to build physical activity into their everyday lives. In some communities where sidewalks and bike lanes are scarce, we’re missing a key opportunity to help our children lead long, healthy lives. When our kids have safe routes and are able to bike or walk to school, they’re more eager and ready to learn, they are healthier, and our streets are safer. It’s time to ensure that every child has a safe route to school.

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Missoula program maps safe routes to school

Back-to-school is almost here, and parents want to know if their child is getting to school safely.

 

NBC Montana

September 22, 2016

Shiloh Safe Routes to School trails finished in the nick of time

Parents and school staff need not fret about the safety of some students walking or riding his or her bicycle to Shiloh Elementary School because there are Shiloh Safe Routes to School (SRTS) pedestrian-bicycle trails in the village.

Belleville News-Democrat

September 22, 2016

Why not walk to school this fall?

When Julie DeMauro first moved to Revere, she lived less than a mile from the A.C. Whelan Elementary School yet still drove her two children each day.

Boston Globe

September 22, 2016