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Safe Routes to Schools

Many of us remember a time when walking and bicycling to school were part of everyday life. In 1969, about half of all students walked or bicycled to school. Today, fewer than 15 percent of all school trips are made by walking or bicycling, and more than half of all children arrive at school in private automobiles.

This decline in walking and bicycling has had an adverse effect on traffic congestion and air quality around schools. A growing body of evidence has shown that children who lead sedentary lifestyles are at risk for a variety of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Safety issues are a big concern for parents, who consistently cite traffic danger as a reason why their children are unable to bicycle or walk to school.

Safe Routes to School addresses these issues head on. A Safe Routes program empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity once again. Federal transportation funding is available for a wide variety of programs and projects, from building safer street crossings to establishing programs that encourage children and their parents to walk and bicycle safely to school.

In the Knoxville region, Safe Routes to School is being coordinated by the TPO in partnership with the Knox County Health Department and other local governments and law enforcement agencies.

Beaumont
Beaumont Elementary

Bearden
Bearden Elementary

 

Fountain City
Fountain City Elementary
Gresham
Gresham Middle

For more information about the national Safe Routes program, visit these websites:

For more information about Safe Routes to School in East Tennessee, contact Ellen Zavisca at 215-2500 or ellen.zavisca@knoxtrans.org.

 

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