Post Content

Safe Route To School

Massachusetts parents and students are encouraged to resume walking and bicycling to school this September as part of the Safe Routes to School Program.   Safe Routes works with students, parents, school staff, and local police in 94 communities and more than 235 schools to promote walking and bicycling to school in order to improve students’ health, reduce traffic congestion, and improve air quality in Massachusetts communities.

In 1969, 42% of American students bicycled or walked to school, but today, less than 16% of children walk or bicycle to classes. Nationally, 19% of children age 6-11 years are overweight, more than triple the percentages from 1969.  And in some communities, school-related traffic can contribute up to 25% of morning rush hour traffic volumes, as well as significant air pollution.

Through the Safe Routes to Schools program, the Executive Office of Transportation and MassRIDES provide students, parents, and the school community with education and training on transportation, safety, and health benefits from walking and bicycling to school. Participating schools also qualify for financial support for improvements to sidewalks and other infrastructure surrounding schools.

Find out how your school can participate by visiting the Safe Routes website.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MBTA: Year-Round Student Pass Program About to Begin posted on Aug 30

MBTA: Year-Round Student Pass Program About to Begin

Under an expansion of the Student Pass program approved by the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, effective September 1, students with a Student CharlieCard will pay half-price per trip on all modes of transit and may obtain a monthly bus and subway pass for   …Continue Reading MBTA: Year-Round Student Pass Program About to Begin

MBTA Hires Chan to Oversee Real Estate Assets posted on Aug 30

MBTA Hires Chan to Oversee Real Estate Assets

The MBTA has hired Janelle Chan as the Authority’s new real estate manager.  Chan, who holds advanced degrees from both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will oversee management of the T’s real estate interests. In line with Governor Charlie Baker’s Open   …Continue Reading MBTA Hires Chan to Oversee Real Estate Assets

MassDOT, MAPFRE: Highway Assistance Patrol posted on Aug 29

MassDOT, MAPFRE: Highway Assistance Patrol

Posted by: Patrick McDonald, CPCU, AIM, AIS, Executive Vice President – Business & Clients, MAPFRE Insurance MAPFRE Insurance sponsors the MassDOT Highway Assistance Patrol (HAP) program and reminds motorists that during Labor Day weekend many Massachusetts drivers will be taking their last vacations of the   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MAPFRE: Highway Assistance Patrol