Nearly half of all students walked or biked to school in 1969. Today, only 14% of Omaha students actively commute. Safe Routes to School is part of our effort to engage with schools and the community in order to promote healthy families.
Safe Routes to School is an evidence-based national program that encourages active transportation to and from school via these complementary strategies – equity, engagement, encouragement, education, engineering, and evaluation. The benefits of Safe Routes to school includes: increased physical activity, improved traffic safety, better air quality, enhanced personal safety, long-term cost savings, and greater community cohesion.
The Wellbeing Partners works with schools within Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties to assess barriers and assets to active transportation in the neighborhood that surrounds the school. The Wellbeing Partners uses a community based approach and works together with parents, students, staff and faculty, community members, and city officials to address identified barriers to active transportation.