Making the case

Why Johnny Can't Walk to School

This report examines public policy effects on historic neighborhood school expansion, renovation, and replacement needs. It addresses four basic questions:

Authoring Organization: 
National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Making Children's Lives More Active

Children are becoming fatter which has serious implications for their health. One reason is their decreasing levels of physical activity. This is related to their lifestyles and reductions in the amount of walking. This note illustrates these effects and draws conclusions about children's physical activity and car use.

Authoring Organization: 
Centre for Transport Studies, University College London

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Making Children Healthier by Walking

This Power Point presentation covers the following topics and more:

Authoring Organization: 
Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
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The Walking Bus Website

The walking bus is the latest safe, fun and healthy way to travel to and from school. Each walking bus had an adult 'driver' at the front and and an adult 'conductor' bringing up the rear. The children walk to school in a group along a set route picking up additional 'passengers' at specific 'bus-stops' along the way.

Authoring Organization: 
Mouchel Parkman, UK

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A Safer Journey to School

This guide for schools on travel plans takes account of our integrated transport policy to reduce car dependency, particularly for short journeys. It also builds upon the many good practices already in place in schools up and down the country. Safer Routes to School is the centerpiece of the Government's transport proposals for schools and the key to turning the practical steps in this guidance into action on the ground.

Authoring Organization: 
Transport 2000

Alberta's Active and Safe Routes to School Resource Manual

The SHAPE (Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere) Resource Manual to support the Active and Safe Routes to School program in Alberta is designed to provide information, resources and ideas for school communities to encourage their students to walk or bike to school.

Authoring Organization: 
Go For Green and Environment Canada, Environment Alberta
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Maryland Safe Routes to School Guidebook: A Guide for Parents and Communities

The materials in this guide will enable you to establish a successful and ongoing Safe Routes to School Program at your school-and to ultimately enhance the safety and health of your community for years to come.

Authoring Organization: 
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee & Maryland Department of Transportation
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California Walk to School Headquarters

This website is full of information on the California Walk to School Program. The site discussed the current program and encourages other schools and communities to join in. The homepage promotes International Walk to School month and discusses different ways to participate.

One page on the website is dedicated to improving drop-off and pick-up zones at schools. The most recent factsheet, "Improving Drop-Off And Pick-Up Zones," is available for download free of charge.

Authoring Organization: 
California Walk to School Headquarters, California Center for Physical Activity

Healthy Schools Healthy Students Resource Guide Web page (Michigan)

The Michigan Surgeon General's Healthy School Environment Recognition Program is designed to recognize and applaud schools that are making significant improvements in their environment related to healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco-free lifestyles. Michigan's Governor and Surgeon General want to motivate and empower Michigan schools to "step up" and create healthy school environments.

Authoring Organization: 
Michigan Department of Community Health; Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Sect

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Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting

"Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting," released by the EPA on October 8, 2003, is the first study to empirically examine the relationship between school locations, the built environment around schools, how kids get to school, and the impact on air emissions of those travel choices. Over the next few decades, communities making decisions about the construction and renovation of thousands of schools will be challenged to meet multiple goals -- educational, fiscal, and environmental.

Authoring Organization: 
Environmental Protection Agency