Did you know that there is a local program concerned solely with Sacramento pedestrian safety? It is known as WALKSacramento and one of its accomplishments is that it has succeeding in bringing what is known as “Safe Routes” to area schools, increasing the likelihood that our children make it to school on foot safely and without incident.
In recent years, the number of children that walk or bike to school has decreased significantly. The Safe Routes to School program (which is national) is designed to reverse that trend by providing safe and convenient routes for kids to get to school without the use of a motorized vehicle.
40 years ago over half of schoolchildren walked or biked to school, and a vast majority lived within a mile of their school. Today, a mere 15% or less of school kids walk or bike to their classrooms. This alarming trend has not only contributed to rising childhood obesity, but it has added traffic to morning commutes as parents drive their children to school.