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Why Safe Routes to School?

Elmhurst Safe Routes to School Program

It’s Fun AND Healthy!

Did you know that walking and biking to school can help your physical and mental health? Studies show that kids who walk or bike to school:

  • Arrive alert and able to focus on school
  • Get most of their recommended daily physical activity during the trip to school
  • Are more likely to have a healthy body weight
  • Demonstrate improved test scores and better school performance
  • Are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety

It’s Good for the Environment!

Walking, biking and carpooling reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help improve air quality.

  • Air pollutants from motor vehicle emissions and other sources can be especially harmful to children because their respiratory systems are still developing.
  • 20% of all traffic congestion is school-related.
  • Over the last 25 years, asthma in the US among children ages 5 to 14 increased 74 percent, and 160 percent among children up to age 4.
    (Center for Disease Control)

National Safe Routes to School Video