Explanation: Although stating that the district supports active transportation may seem basic or obvious, it is very important to include language that makes the district’s support part of official policy. This will ensure that all schools promote and plan for active transportation and traffic safety, while letting parents, teachers, and community members know that the school district not only permits but also values active transportation. Districts that do not explicitly support active transportation through clear policy language, adequate facilities, and engaging programs can inadvertently discourage walking, bicycling, and other forms of active transportation. Note that we also include public transit in the policy, because studies have shown that people who use public transit get significant physical activity on the way to or from the transit stop.
Option 1: Support for Active Transportation: The School District (“District”) supports active transportation, including walking and bicycling, to and from school. Walking, bicycling, public transit use, and other forms of active transportation not only save costs related to busing students, but they also allow students to engage in physical activity, which reduces the risk of obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Physical activity also improves mental health, attendance, and academic performance. Further, replacing automobile trips with active commutes reduces one’s carbon footprint and decreases traffic congestion and air pollution, which is of particular benefit to students with asthma. Fewer automobile trips also reduce the risk of injury to students from collisions with automobiles.
Do not include this element in my policy.