Safe space for biking and walking allows families to save money, spend less time driving, and improve the health, confidence and school performance of children and teens.
- Car ownership costs are the second largest household expense for families, with the average household spending as much on their cars as they do on food and health care combined.
- Shasta County’s obesity level and number of premature deaths and negative health outcomes are above both the state and national average, with 34% of students overweight and obese.
- The Safe Routes to School Partnership reports that just 13% of children walk and bicycle to and from school, with 43% making the trip in a car even though it’s less than a mile to get to school.
- A growing body of evidence suggests children who are more active are not only healthier but also do better academically.