Why Join the Movement? Benefits of Safe Routes to School
Physical activity provides health benefits at all ages, and it enhances learning. Students who take an active approach to get to school arrive ready to learn because that physical activity can boost a student’s ability to focus, concentrate and learn the material being taught. Studies have also linked regular physical activity to improved mood and lower rates of anxiety. Creating safe environments for students to engage in physical activity, both inside and outside of the school building, serves to enhance students’ health and academic performance.
When more people come together to create an active environment, the whole community benefits! Families are encouraged to walk to school together, fostering children’s sense of place and social belonging, allowing more students and families to get to know others who share their space and school community. Efforts like the Walking School Bus that make it fun for children to step out their doors and walk to school together, can improve attendance and on-time arrival. Additionally, fewer cars arriving or idling near the school at the beginning and end of the school day make the streets less congested, improving safety for children walking, and leading to cleaner air for all.
Safe Routes to School Boston supports all types of “active transportation”, including walking, biking, rolling, and taking public transit.
Benefits of Safe Routes to School
- More Physical Activity and improved fitness
- Improved academic performance
- Better social, emotional, and physical health
- Greater independence
- Lifelong skills and habits
- Safer walking and biking environments
- Less traffic congestion
- Improved air quality
- Cost savings
- Improved family and community engagement