The City of Madison in partnership with the Wisconsin Bike Fed work with the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison's private schools on the Safe Routes to School program.
WHY SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL?
- Healthier children. In 1969, 40% of students walked or bike to school. By 2001 only 13% of children walked or biked to school. As a result, kids today are less active, less independent, and less healthy. Regular physical activity helps kids build strong bodies and minds.
- Better academic performance. Peer-reviewed studies suggest that regular physical activity boosts academic achievement.
- Cleaner Environment and Less Traffic Congestion. As much as 20 to 30% of morning traffic can be generated by parents driving their children to schools.
Please contact the City of Madison Pedestrian Bicycle Outreach Specialist with questions about the Safe Routes to Schools program.