Why educate adults about Safe Routes to School?

Education directed towards parents and other adults in the community can strongly influence whether more children walk and bicycle to school in a safe manner. Parents control whether their child walks or bicycles to school and how their child behaves during these activities. Other trustworthy adults can ensure children's safety on the way to and from school. A parent's own behavior also impacts the safety of their child and all children as they walk or bicycle to school. For example, a parent who speeds to drop off their child at the school makes a less safe environment for walkers and bicyclists. Parents who walk with their children to school can provide supervision and guidance for children who are learning how to negotiate traffic and people in their environment.

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