Trails in Indiana

Safe Routes to School - Indiana

The Hoosier Rails to Trails Council, Inc, advocates for Safe Routes to School.

 
Safe Routes to School as a national policy began with the passage of SAFETY-LU, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users Act, passed in 2005 under the Bush administration.
 
Childhood obesity and unworkable demands on motorized transport made this law necessary. According to the Federal Highway Safety Administration, fewer that 15 percent of school travel happens by walking or biking, 25 percent by bus and over 50 percent by car.
 
Also according to the Federal Highway Administration, in 1969, 50 percent of students walked or biked to school.
 
The shift toward automobile transportation to get to and from schools has had troubling effects. Pollution, traffic congestions, obesity, a concomitant increase in accidents and the abetting of an unhealthy, sedentary pattern of living have contributed to childhood obesity and other health problems, including mental stress.
 
These fallout issues of unwholesome dependence on motorized transportation have been well documented.
 
The Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program makes funds available through states to make possible infrastructure and non infrastructure changes, such as providing for additional school crossings and programs to encourage walking and biking to school.
 
HRTC advocates for safe means for children to walk or bike to school or to provide handicapped accessible ways for children to get to school with needing to get there by car. Healthier lifestyles produce fitness and health. Walking and biking to school help.
 
Longtime advocates of trail use, HRTC supports and encourages healthy lifestyles through its participation in organizations dedicated to advocating for healthy communities, such as Health By Design, an Alliance for Health Promotion Initiative, and others, including trail associations such as the Nickel Plate Trail and the B & O Trail Association.
 
HRTC says: ‘ If you find yourself safely walking or cycling to school, to work or for play you will find yourself happier, healthier and less stressed.
 
 
-Mario Vian