Safe Routes to School is an international program that encourages children to walk and bike to school safely.
Locally administered by the Clark County School District (CCSD), the program partners with schools and community leadership to identify improvements and policies to make walking and biking to school a safe and easy option for children.
Not only does the program create safe environments around schools for walking and biking, it also encourages healthy, active behaviors in children. Kids who walk or bike to school are more physically active than those who travel by car or bus. Plus, walking and biking helps to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in the larger community.
Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) supports the Safe Routes to School program and works with CCSD to sustain and expand its initiatives.
Fire Up Your Feet is a core component of the Safe Routes to School national partnership. SNHD is a primary sponsor of Fire Up Your Feet, which consists of two school challenges per year. The fall and spring challenges encourage elementary and middle school students, their families, and school staff to engage in active lifestyles by tracking their physical activity. Participating schools are eligible to win prizes to support school wellness programs. To sign up or learn more, visit FireUpYourFeet.org.
There’s a feeling of joy and independence — a sense of adventure — that doesn’t fade. When walking or biking, parents and children get to appreciate things they don’t notice while driving—listening to the sounds of the neighborhood, seeing friends and neighbors and feeling connected with their community.