What is "Safe Routes to School"?
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a new Federal funding program that provides $612M nationwide to: "(1) enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; (2) make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and (3) facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools."
However, Safe Routes to School is not a new concept. Safe Routes to School started as a grass roots organization in Denmark in the 1970s as an effort to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities. Within 10 years, school-related traffic injuries and fatalities were reduced by over 80%. Today more than 40 Countries participate in Safe Routes to School activities.
Safe Routes to School not only encourages exercise but it also adds an environmental awareness component. By reducing the number of children being dropped off at schools there will be a reduction in traffic congestion and emissions which can make a large impact in some communities.
For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org
Interested in Getting Involved?
Your opportunity to see what has been accomplished so far and to offer input is coming up! The City of La Crosse hopes that you can attend the Community Workshop that is being held at the La Crosse Center on February 15, 2007
. This is an Open House Style Workshop--please stop in anytime between 4:00PM - 8:00PM.