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Monday, August 23, 2010

Team Up With School Officials To Get Kids To School Safely

With school getting ready to start again, the Idaho Transportation Department wants to remind parents and school staff of it's Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program. The program helps communities support more children walking and bicycling to school to combat problem such as obesity and other health issues and air pollution from parents dropping kids off at school in vehicles, when they could have walked or ridden their bikes.

Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among children ages 6 to 11 since the 1970s. SR2S is designed for children from kindergarten through eighth grade, including those with disabilities, who live within walking and biking distance of school.

If you're interested in how to get more children to school under their own power in your neighborhood, ITD officials ask you to contact your local school officials and parent groups. There is also more information on Safe Routes to School on the ITD website.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

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