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When routes are safe (i.e. Complete Streets), walking or biking to and from school is an easy way for children to get the regular physical activity they need for good health.
Studies have shown that physically active kids have improved mood and concentration, a stronger self-image, and more self-confidence. Physically active kids also have fewer chronic health problems and report lower levels of smoking and alcohol consumption. Plus, it’s fun!
Research also shows that children prefer to walk or bike to school. There’s so much to see, smell, touch, and talk about! By walking with friends, children build relationships and learn more about their neighborhood, their friends, and themselves.
Check out this mini-guide to learn more. It breaks out the basic steps so your school can get ready to “walk and roll”!