Burien Safe Sidewalks Now

Establishing safe routes to school | September 23, 2009

One of the most important reasons to vote YES on the Burien Sidewalks and Bikes Levy is the fact that it will provide safe routes to school for students at Cedarhurst Elementary School.  Cedarhurst, at 611 S 132nd St, is near the intersection of the two projects funded by the levy, a walking and bike path on 8th Ave S and sidewalks and bike lanes on S and SW 136th St.  These projects will enable kids from throughout the neighborhood to walk and bike to school on these two busy arterials without having to content with arterial traffic.

Safe routes to school are increasingly a hot topic, garnering interest from groups as diverse as public health advocates, urban planners, and education groups.  The Federal Highway Administration has a Safe Routes to School program, as do state and local transportation departments nationwide.  Promoting safe routes to school is now, as of 2009, an official goal of Washington state law.

Here’s why it matters. Enabling kids to walk and bike to school safely helps them develop an active, healthy lifestyle that means they are more likely to stay active and healthy into adulthood.  It saves their parents time and money often spend shuttling their kids to and from school and extracurriculars.  It saves school districts money on transportation, which is consuming an ever-larger slice of the limited money available to educate kids ($630 per pupil per year on average in Washington).  It reduces fuel consumption and air pollution.  Most importantly, it keep kids safer and makes them less likely to be involved in a car accidents.

Safe routes to school keep kids healthier and safer and are easier on parents and on school districts.  Providing safe routes to school is a smart investment that will provide dividends many times over.

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