Today, the Greater Washington region Safe Routes to School network is releasing the official platform. The platform is a statement of why we are working in this region, our goals and how we plan to accomplish those goals. The goal of the Greater Washington network is to increase physical activity through walking and bicycling to school and in daily life. If you agree, endorse the platform and we will list your name on our website. There are many reasons to join this effort.
Today, only 13 percent of students walk or bicycling to school compared with almost 50 percent in 1969. In the same time period, obesity for children ages 6-11 has quadrupled. Obese children are more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and are more likely to become obese adults. Experiencing a similar trend, two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Obesity related conditions include some of the leading causes of death such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
In the Greater Washington region, 9% of trips are by walking or bicycling but pedestrians and bicyclists represent 27% of fatalities.
If you believe in increasing physical activity through walking and bicycling does and will continue to make a difference in your community, show your support. We invite organizations to official endorse the Greater Washington region Safe Routes to School network goals and work. Please use our simple form to sign-on and we will list your organization on our website.
To learn more about our accomplishments in the first half of the year and to learn more about how the Greater Washington network can work in your community, please see our mid-year report. To learn more about immediate opportunities for change in the region, please see our opportunities for action blog post.