Schools Invited To Join Safe Routes To School Program

Creates Safe, Sustainable & Healthy Ways for Kids to Walk to School

PITTSBURGH – As part of National Walk to School Month in October, the Allegheny County Health Department is inviting more schools to join its Safe Routes to School Program which aims to create safe, sustainable and healthy opportunities for children to walk to school.

The Health Department is accepting applications and has room for two additional schools.  Eligibility is based on a school’s level of interest and the potential for increasing the percentage of students that walk and decreasing the percentage driven.

“Encouraging walking to school not only teaches children traffic safety skills but helps them develop a lifelong healthy habit,” said Acting Health Director Dr. Ron Voorhees.

The program provides technical assistance and resources to help increase walking to school and to make it safer.  It also makes walking more fun by tracking distances walked with punch cards and through contests and rewards for classes that walk the most.  The program includes audits to help a school assess current walking conditions and make necessary improvements.

The Health Department works with participating schools and their students and parents to create a Safe Routes to School Program tailored to each individual school’s needs.

Any school that would like to apply should contact Darija Wiswell of the Health Department’s Safe Routes to School Program at 412-247-7946.

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