Safety for children travelling to and from school has become an increasingly important issue in recent years. According to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children ages 5 to 18 who walk or bike to school decreased from 42% in 1969 to 16% in 2001. This can be partially attributed to safety. The City of Cedar Rapids has recognized this issue and determined the need to enhance the safety for students to walk and bike to school as well as find programs to encourage this type of activity. The Safe Routes to School program and adult crossing guards help to increase the safety for children to walk and bike to school.
- Safe Routes to School is a federally funded program designed to enable community leaders, schools, and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bike to school. The City of Cedar Rapids is carrying on the goals of this program through the School Routes Initiative. The intent is to designate the best routes to elementary and middle schools, enhance the safety on those routes, and educate students and parents of these routes.
Adult Crossing Guards
- Adult crossing guards are established to assist children walking or biking to school to cross dangerous streets in the City.
Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Trails
- The City of Cedar Rapids is working towards a more multimodal community, which includes sharing the road with bicycles and pedestrians. Find out more about what the City is doing to make Cedar Rapids a bicycle friendly community.
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