Join us as we fight to ensure health and safety for every kid by urging Metro to invest in safe routes to school for every kid in the Metro-area.
In the coming months, Metro Council has the opportunity to dedicate critical funding that could shape a healthy future for every kid in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties. When it is safe, convenient, and fun to walk to neighborhood schools, our children are healthier, our streets are safer for everyone, and our communities thrive. Every kid in Oregon deserves a chance at a healthy future.
A Dangerous Trend for Oregon’s Kids
Our kids are getting less exercise than any previous generation. One in three kids in the U.S. is overweight or obese, conditions that lead to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension—and eventually early death. Something as simple as walking to school every day isn’t an option for many families in the metro-region. Too many communities lack safe sidewalks, bikeways, access to transit, and crosswalks. Kids who most need opportunities for physical activity often don’t have safe routes for walking or biking to school which could give them 66% percent of their recommend daily exercise.
Healthier Kids, Safer Communities
Kids who can safely walk and bike to their neighborhood school get regular physical activity and perform better in school. To ensure that’s an option for all families, Safe Routes to School programs:
- Make streets and crossings within the mile-radius of schools safer.
- Empower communities to take charge of their own health and safety with bike and pedestrian safety education.
- Create communities of families walking and biking together through fun, school-based events.
Safe Routes to School Work
Some Metro-area schools have received funding since 2006 for a robust Safe Routes to School program. Schools with well-supported programs have seen walking and biking to school quadruple in one year. We can and should do more to ensure every kid has a chance at a healthy future. More than 60,000 kids in the Metro-area could be walking and biking to school after just one year of a robust regional Safe Routes to School program.
Every School District in the Metro Region
When it is safe, convenient, and fun to walk to neighborhood schools, our children are healthier, our streets are safer for everyone, and our communities thrive. Safe Routes to School programs could bring the following to every community in the Metro-area:
- Healthier kids ready to learn
- Safer neighborhood streets for all residents
- Kids equipped with crucial bike and pedestrian safety education
- Thriving neighborhoods that foster community
- Opportunities for physical activity for kids who need it most
In the coming months, Metro Council will decide on critical funding that could give every kid a chance at a healthier future. Join us in working to get safe routes to school at every school in the Metro-area.
For Every Kid is a growing coalition of community, public health and social justice organizations that are asking Metro Council to ensure safe routes to school for every kid. Right now, Metro-area kids who most need opportunities for physical activity don’t have the necessary safe infrastructure—sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes—in their communities and around their schools to support a healthy childhood. Read more about the coalition and get involved.