Get Your Kids on the Path to Safety
Safe Routes Utah is replacing SNAP (Student Neighborhood Access Program). The goal of Safe Routes Utah is to help children get to and from school safely while motivating children to experience the benefits of walking or biking to school.
Why Let Your Child Walk or Bike to School?
The benefits include:
Students who are healthy, awake and alert show improved academic performance and decreased tardiness and absence due to transportation challenges.
Daily physical activity builds strong bones, muscles and joints. It forms healthy lifelong habits that decrease the risk of chronic disease and obesity.
Spending time with family and community provides positive social opportunities.
Traffic safety instruction and practice increases confidence and safe behaviors. It also decreases dangerous traffic congestion during pickup and drop-off.
Walking and biking to school reduces the need for bus services and idling cars during pickup and drop-off.
Saves Time and Money
When you avoid driving your kids to school, you save on gasoline and wear and tear on your car.
When the weather turns cold and routine sets in, it’s easy to lose motivation and want to stay indoors. But getting outside is still good for kids and keeping them active during the winter is important. A great way to get exercise and get the kiddos moving is walking or biking to school. With these three tips, you can make walking or biking to school in any weather a breeze, and you’ll be eligible to win prizes in the Safe Routes Walk & Roll Challenge. Here are a few pro tips to help.
Halloween is unique in that it is typically a pedestrian holiday and that’s the kind of holiday we can get behind. Pedestrian safety is the root of Safe Routes so many of the safety tips and road rules we encourage and teach are perfect for Halloween and we have a few extra wicked tips just for the holiday.
As we all know, this school year has been, in a word, hectic. Finding new routines and balancing new schedules has been difficult for parents and kids alike. The new school arrangements also have us reconsidering how our Walk & Roll Challenge should run (no pun intended) this year.
One thing that has been consistent throughout the last 3-4 months has been change. Change can be complicated for everyone, but it can especially affect children.
There’s safety in numbers:
Start a walking group in your neighborhood
It’s like a carpool without the car. Coordinate times when the group will walk past each student’s house for pickup. Rotate parents who can walk with the group.