Here in Idaho we have strong Safe Routes to School (SRTS) partners helping build awareness, education, and improved opportunities for safe walking and biking. In these efforts we have presented information about Safe Routes to School in many venues, including at the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance: Moving Idaho Forward Summit, the Heart Walk, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Collaborating for Health conference. These opportunities helped provide information to more people involved in the health and physical activity communities and are building support across the state for our efforts to provide funding for Safe Routes.
We will continue throughout the summer to meet with various organizations and associations to provide information on what SRTS can do to improve access to walkways and bike paths, as well as educational programs that increase participation in these programs. We are also helping everyone understand that Safe Routes are about more than just increasing daily physical activity time, but also about how increased activity can improve academic performance, health, and economic development in communities of all sizes.
Partners from many different organizations, including the YMCA Safe Routes to School Program, worked with Governor Otter to declare May Idaho’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety and Awareness Month. On May 26th, a rally was held at the Idaho Capitol with many cyclists and pedestrians coming out to visit with the great partners helping improve our access to safe paths and streets for walking and biking. The momentum is building as more people learn about the importance of Safe Routes to School and we continue to work across the state to engage more communities on how SRTS can work for them. If you’d like more information about joining our efforts, please contact Erin Bennett, [email protected].