The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) has a grant from the Federal Safe Routes to School program to increase the number of students who safely walk and bike to school.
Too Much Traffic Around Your School?
Find out strategies to improve traffic safety around elementary and middle schools in MMSD.
Why Safe Routes to School?
- Healthier children. In 1969, 40% of students walked or bike to school. By 2001 only 13% of children walked or biked to school. Recess times have also been cut. As a result, kids today are less active, less independent, and less healthy. Regular physical activity helps kids build strong bodies and minds, and helps them fidget less.
- Better concentration. A recent study of 20,000 Danish school children found that the effect of exercise on concentration was greater than that of diet. Third grade pupils who walk or bike to school saw increases in concentration to the equivalent of someone half a year further in their studies. New research on middle schoolers also suggests they process information more efficiently after exercise.
- Cleaner Environment and Less Traffic Congestion. As much as 20 to 30% of morning traffic can be generated by parents driving their children to schools.
- View MMSD's Safe Routes to School Plan.