Here are a few facts about kids walking or bicycling to school:
If the number of kids who walk and bike to school was restored to 1969 levels, our nation would cut 3.2 billion vehicle miles, 1.5 million tons of CO2, and 89,000 tons of other pollutants annually. This is the equivalent of keeping more than 250,000 cars off the road for a year. We need to help kids realize the potential that biking can offer. (—Pedroso, M., 2008, Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
I know how important it is that we provide students with safe options for getting to school while promoting exercise and healthy lifestyles. That’s why I’ve embraced the Safe Routes to School program so wholeheartedly since becoming the Secretary of Transportation. Simply, Safe Routes works to ensure that children have a safe way to walk or bike to school. And that dovetails perfectly with the First Lady’s goals of increasing physical activity among kids and reversing childhood obesity…” – Former US Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood
- Nationally, 85 percent of children’s trips to school are made by car or school bus; only 13 percent of school trips are made by walking or bicycling.
- Approximately 13 percent of children and adolescents in the United States are now seriously overweight and 17 percent are obese—more than twice the number of children considered obese in the early 1980s. Overweight children are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health-related problems.
- At least half of all youth do not participate in physical activity that promotes long-term health.
- Asthma is on the rise among children. Vehicle emissions, especially diesel exhaust, are a known contributor to this disease.
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