Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide program that aims to significantly improve safety for students who walk and bike to school.
Physical Aspects: improve sidewalks, crosswalks, curb extensions and install traffic signs along designated safe routes.
Education: Promote safety, enforce traffic rules, and encourage students to participate in the program.
There’s a feeling of joy and independence —a sense of adventure—that doesn’t fade. When walking or biking, parents and children get to appreciate things they don’t notice while driving—listening to the sounds of the neighborhood, seeing friends and neighbors and feeling connected with their community. Parents, children and friends can enjoy one another’s company without the usual distractions.
Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and it decreases the risk of obesity. In contrast, insufficient physical activity can contribute to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.
The whole community benefits from efforts to enable and encourage more children to walk or bicycle to school safely. Benefits include:
Walking and bicycling events celebrate these experiences and help make them possible for others. They bring schools and communities together for a common purpose. Most of all, they are fun! For more information visit the Montgomery County Safe Routes to School website.
Walking to school is a great way to promote health, identify safer routes for walking, and to improve air quality. Join hundreds of students, parents and communities around Montgomery County in celebrating the simple act of walking and bicycling to school on Walk to School Day on October 2, 2019!
And if you live too far from your child’s school to walk, consider driving part of the distance, then parking and walking the rest of the way! Walk for fitness and walk for fun! Celebrate Walk to School Day!
On May 6, 2020 thousands of students, parents, teachers, and communities across the nation will participate in National Bike to School Day (BTSD). Like International Walk to School Day (iWalk), BTSD is an event that highlights the importance of bicycling as a fun, healthy, and safe way to get to school and around town. Participating in National Bike to School Day and hosting an event is a great way to teach safe bicycling skills and encourage biking. Use the momentum of your BTSD event to encourage bicycling and walking to school on a regular basis.
For more information, resources, and to register your school please visit www.WalkBiketoSchool.org.
Mark the date on your calendar!