On Friday, April 27th, the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood walked to school with his grandchildren. Why is this news? Because Secretary LaHood was also joined by other community members and children promoting the Safe Routes to School program in Indiana.
“We know that, when kids walk or bike to school, they get energized for their school day and they bring neighborhoods together”, said LaHood.
Indianapolis Mayor, Greg Ballard, and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner, Mike Cline, joined LaHood in this walk to bring awareness to Safe Routes to School, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation blog.
“Safe Routes programs are efforts by parents, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school,” said LaHood.
The American Heart Association is also committed to the Safe Routes to School Program. In early March, over a dozen AHA volunteers took to Capitol Hill to urge their lawmakers to protect the program.