Research: Federal Safe Routes to School program and funding increased number and safety of kids walking/biking to school | Active Living Research

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Most school children in the U.S. get to school by bus or car, with only a small percentage walking or biking. In 2005, Congress created the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to improve safety and increase the number of children walking and biking to and from school through educational efforts, encourage­ ment programs, and road improvements at or near schools. Research studies indicate that
SRTS has increased rates of walking and biking and improved
safety. Studies also show the program is an economically sound investment that can decrease health costs and school transport costs.

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