Back to School

It’s August and a new school year is just around the corner. As families prepare for the start of school, Point2Point at LTD and the Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School program encourage families to consider walking and biking to school.  Why? Here are three great reasons to leave the car at home this September.

#1: Children and adolescents should get one hour or more of physical activity each day. Building exercise into a daily commute to school can help students reach this goal.

#2: Walking and biking saves money. Families with incomes under $50,000 per year spend an average of 30% of their budget on transportation. Active transportation can cut fuel costs and reduce normal automobile wear and tear.

#3: Choosing walking and biking over driving reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In Oregon, 38% of CO2 emissions stem from transportation, primarily from cars and trucks.

Want to help increase the number of students walking and biking to school? The Safe Routes to School program is looking for great parent volunteers to lead walking school buses and to help organize walk and bike encouragement events in their school communities. A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. A variation of a walking school bus is a bicycle train where one or more adults supervise children riding their bikes to school.

If you are interested in volunteering or want more information, contact Carolyn Chase, carolyn.chase@ltd.org.

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