Safe Routes to School

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) recently posted an action alert to rally support for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, the Transportation Policy and Planning Act, and the National Transportation Objectives Act.  These initiatives support safer and more accessible paths through our communities and help to provide complete streets and alternatives to an automobile-only infrastructure.  Complete streets enable biking, walking, and running as life-long recreation options and means of transportation that improve fitness, lower health costs, reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, and promote a more engaged community.  I’ve already written my congressmen to ask for their support, and I’d encourage you to do the same.

But you might say…

  • I’m not a cyclist.  Why should I care?
    • These initiatives aren’t only helping cyclists.  They also encourage walking and public transit use, and seek to reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • I’m not a school-aged child, I don’t have any school-aged children, and I never intend to.  Why should I care?
    • Because it contributes to a network of walking and biking paths (trails, sidewalks, etc.) that pass through communities, SRTS provides not only the eponymous safe routes to school, but also safe routes among homes, businesses, and community centers, making it possible to walk or bike on shopping errands, to parties, or to work.
  • I don’t have time to draft a letter to a congressman.

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