By Tracy Nachand
It is back-to-school time and motorists need to be extra alert as more children are afoot. Solano Transportation Authority’s Safe Routes to School program works with local schools, parents, students, public health staff, engineers and law enforcement to promote safely walking to school.
Families want their children to start off the year ready to learn. A good way to get a head start at school (after a healthy breakfast) is to encourage children to walk to school every morning. Studies show that walking or riding a bike or scooter to school daily actually improves scholastic performance.
Physical activity boosts children’s energy level, revs up their brains and helps them settle down to study. Teachers notice their students arrive more alert and ready for class. Local parents who have walked their children to and from school have realized unexpected benefits, too – they are losing weight and getting more fit!