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Benefits

Safe Routes to School is more than just a program. It is a comprehensive strategy to instill life-long habits that support physical activity and health. Walking and bicycling to school help families stay active and healthy, and kids arrive focused and ready to learn. A comprehensive and effective SRTS initiative can help create a healthier community for generations to come.

Source: SRTS Handbook


Kids are more active

SRTS programs help kids get more physical activity. Children are recommended to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day. A 15-minute trip one-way helps children to meet that goal.

Students arrive ready to learn

Research shows that SRTS helps kids arrive to school focused and ready to learn. Getting activity through walking and bicycling helps reduce behavior problems and helps kids settle in for learning during the school day.

Communities become more connected and safer for all

Because schools are often located at the center of communities, safety improvements benefit people of all ages. Seniors particularly benefit from improvements that slow traffic and make streets safer and can also benefit by volunteering to support educational and promotional activities.

Families are more active, too

SRTS programs increase bicycling and walking for not only kids, but for the whole family.

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What are the benefits of a Safe Routes to School program?

The benefits of Safe Routes to School include increased physical activity, improved traffic safety, better air quality, enhanced personal safety, long-term cost savings, and greater student academic achievement.

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SRTS Statistics

The following link from the National Partnership has SRTS Statistics sorted into 5 categories: Traffic Congestions, Safety, Health and Obesity, Environment, Bus Transportation Costs.

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Other Resources

Looking for more information about the benefits of Safe Routes to School? Below you will find links to other organizations that explain the multitude of SRTS benefits, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Center for Prevention, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.