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In honor of National Bike Month, we hope you’ll join us in taking part in a campaign focused on letting state transportation leaders know that funding for Safe Routes to School programs are important in keeping our kids safe, active and healthy.

According to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, the percentage of children walking or bicycling to school has dropped significantly, from approximately 50 percent in 1969 to just 13 percent in 2009.

This decline in physical activity could be due to multiple problems, but the lack of safe routes to school is definitely among them. In places with no sidewalks or bike paths, pedestrians are more likely to be involved in crashes involving motor vehicles.

Safety and physical activity can both be significantly increased for children through Safe Routes to School projects. The California Department of Transportation found that such programs can decrease childhood bicycle and pedestrian collision rates by up to 49 percent.

We hope you’ll join us and let your state transportation leaders know that Safe Routes to School projects are crucial to ensure the health and safety of our children.

If you have a list you’d be willing to share this campaign with, send an email to meredith@preventobesity.net for a unique tracking link that will allow us to report back with how many actions your efforts drove.

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