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.
Safe Routes to School Boston supports all types of “active transportation”, including walking, biking, “rolling” (skateboarding, rollerblading), and taking public transit. When more people come together to create an active environment, the whole community benefits!
Benefits of Safe Routes to School
More Physical Activity and improved fitness
Safer walking and biking environments
Improved academic performance
Less traffic congestion
Better social, emotional, and physical health
Improved air quality
Lifelong skills and habits
Improved family and community engagement