One Final Push: Safe Routes

Jun 24, 2015 by

One Final Push: Safe Routes

Send a Final Message to Washington Lawmakers: Any New Transportation Revenue Must Include Safe Routes to School

 

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

 

The Washington State Legislature is nearing the end of a second special session. Though operating budget talks have stalled negotiations for now, a 16-year transportation revenue package could still be imminent. We cannot let a package pass without a strong investment in Safe Routes to School.
 
It is critical that we tell our legislators to at least maintain the level of Safe Routes, and bike and pedestrian project funding proposed by the House.
 
The latest House proposal includes a combined investment of $236 million for walking and biking projects, including funding for Safe Routes to School grants. Currently, only one in four eligible Safe Routes to School applications receive funding. The House proposal would double the current investment, allowing more schools in need to be funded and more of our kids to get to school safely while getting important daily exercise.

 

These projects help build healthier communities around our state, and represent an enormous “bang for Washington’s buck”:
  • Streets are safer when more people walk and bike on them.
  • Studies have demonstrated that kids who walk to school are more alert, eager and ready to learn.
  • Biking and walking is an easy way to get your regular daily physical activity.
  • Transportation costs can be reduced – both for individuals and school districts.

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