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.
If your kid rides a push pedal bike, they should have one that’s the proper size. When a child has a bike that is the correct size, they can control it better, refine their coordination and increase their confidence and safety. A bike the right size should:
Make it known to all that the battle shall rage between kid and parent to see who will rule the road the safest. Prizes are at hand every Tuesday for those who venture to take on this quest. You have until the strike of midnight on May 18th to complete the quest. Who’s knowledge will bust each myth and ensure the safety of your kingdom? To find out, click here and crush the myths. Show who knows the rules of the road best. Once you’ve completed the first mission in the quest, continue to the next quest and gather additional resources.
We know there are many reasons it seems challenging to use active transportation to get your kids to school, but every child deserves a safe school environment. Contribute to your child’s safety by walking instead of driving to school. It will give you quality time together and improve their health.
Crossing the street might seem like a straightforward task, but there are many things to be aware of as a crossing guard. Kids, drivers, high traffic volume, and distractions are all circumstances to juggle for a crossing guard. We have three inside tips every crossing guard wants drivers, parents and kids to know to keep school zones safe.
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.
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.