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Goal of Safe Routes to School is to increase number of students who walk, bike and roll to school

The goal of Safe Routes to School is to increase the number of K-12 students in Kansas who walk, bike and roll to school, improve safety, and increase physical activity through policies, programs and projects, said Ann Marie Katt, coordinator of the program.

Studies show that increased physical activity for children helps with concentration, improves mood and alertness, boosts memory and learning, and enhances creativity, according to Katt. Students arrive at the school building ready to learn.

Walking, biking and rolling to school is a fun way for students, parents and school staff members to exercise together and is an important part of school wellness policies. Students gain a sense of independence, can socialize with others and develop lifetime healthy habits.

Safe Routes to School programs can decrease the number of families driving to school, which can reduce traffic, improve air quality and reduce costs for families.

There have been more than 50 Safe Routes to School Plans developed in Kansas since 2007.

Check out Kansas Safe Routes to School Plans for a map and links to Safe Routes to School Plans completed since 2016. For Safe Routes to School plans before 2016, visit the Kansas Active Transportation Plan and Policy Registry.

Posted: Nov 9, 2023,
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Author: Ann Bush

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