Washingtonians Spoke for Health and Safety of Our Kids – Gov. Inslee Listened

Jul 28, 2015 by

Washingtonians Spoke for Health and Safety of Our Kids – Gov. Inslee Listened

Today, Governor Jay Inslee announced a path to retain hard-won funding for Safe Routes to School, and critical walking and biking connections, while moving forward on his agenda on reducing carbon emissions.

The Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition thanks Governor Inslee for protecting Washington’s historic transportation investments in biking and walking for our communities, and the health and safety of Washington’s kids.

Over the past six months, thousands of caring Washingtonians like you asked state leaders in Olympia to make bold investments in our transportation future by making it safer and easier to bike and walk. They listened by investing $500 million in Safe Routes to School, and biking and safety projects.

During the past eight days, many of you affirmed the need to save those same historic investments and Governor Inslee listened, too:

  • Editorials echoed the concerns of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition in publications such as the Seattle Times, Spokesman-Review, Everett Herald, and Tacoma News Tribune.
  • Numerous organizations and cities joined this request to protect investments, including American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, League of American Bicyclists, Cascade Bicycle Club, Foundation for Healthy Generations, One America, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Transportation Choices Coalition, Transportation for America and Washington Bikes.

You made it clear that these investments make kids safer, they increase physical activity and health, and they grow local economies statewide. There doesn’t have to be a choice between safer and healthier communities and climate change.

Take a moment to use our partner’s link at Washington Bikes to thank Governor Inslee for listening to the thousands of caring Washingtonians who want more investments in active transportation and Safe Routes to School statewide.

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