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Kids on bikes

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) received two grants from the Federal Safe Routes to School program between 2011 and 2015 to increase the number of students who safely walk and bike to school.  The program has three main components:

Traffic Safety Planning

Use these resources to improve traffic safety around elementary and middle schools in MMSD.

Bicycle Safety Education

Use these resources to teach bicycle safety to students at elementary and middle schools in MMSD.

Encouragement Campaigns

Win cash for your school and encourage walking and biking by joining the Walk or Wheel Challenge every fall, and/or Fire Up Your Feet every October and May.

Why Safe Routes to School?

  • Healthier children. In 1969, 40% of students walked or bike to school. By 2001 only 13% of children walked or biked to school. Recess times have also been cut. As a result, kids today are less active, less independent, and less healthy. Regular physical activity helps kids build strong bodies and minds, and helps them fidget less.
  • Better concentration. A recent study of 20,000 Danish school children found that the effect of exercise on concentration was greater than that of diet.  Third grade pupils who walk or bike to school saw increases in concentration to the equivalent of someone half a year further in their studies.  New research on middle schoolers also suggests they process information more efficiently after exercise.
  • Cleaner Environment and Less Traffic Congestion. As much as 20 to 30% of morning traffic can be generated by parents driving their children to schools.
  • View MMSD's 2012 Safe Routes to School Plan.

Please contact Lisa Kvistad with questions about MMSD’s Safe Routes to Schools program.