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In 1969, approximately 50% of children walked or bicycled to school, with approximately 87% of children living within one mile of school walking or bicycling. Today fewer than 15% of school children walk or bicycle to school

National Safety Routes to School Partnership

Top 10 Reasons Your Child Should Walk or Bike to School

1. Brain Power

Student who bike or use their feet to get to school arrive more alert and ready to learn with a clear mind.

2. It’s Fun

Do you remember biking or walking to school when you were a kids?  It’s energizing!

3. It’s Green

Bikes and feet cool the Earth.

4. Drive less, Stress less

Avoid waiting in long school drop-off and pick-up car lines.  Ditch the car, and enjoy the many benefits of green travel.

5. Unforgettable Memories

Your child will never forget your time together walking and biking to school.

6. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The messy  backseat of your car is less scenic than the sounds and beauty around you.  Unstrap your child and make walking and biking to school a fresh adventure.

7. Save Money

Green travel choices equal a greener bank account for your family.  Less gas and maintenance of your vehicle.

8. Peddle for Exercise

Looking for ways to integrate physical fitness into your child’s daily life?  teach them the lifelong lesson of using their bike or feet to get places.  Cycling and walking are excellent forms of exercise!

9. Breeds Independence

Mom or Dad are not taxi drivers.  Teach your child the safe route to school from their home and watch them go!

10. Connect with Neighbors and Friends

Walking and talking with others on the way to school bonds communities and friendships for life.

About Safe Routes to School

VDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program assists interested localities and schools in the development of plans, activities, and infrastructure improvements to make bicycling and walking to school a safe and appealing transportation option for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

For more information, visit www.virginiadot.org/saferoutes.

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