How children travel to and from school can significantly impact their health as well as traffic congestion and safety, air quality, and the school environment. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a National, State and Local movement to make it safer for children to walk and bike to and from school. In 2012, The Del Norte Local Transportation Commission coordinated an effort to assess travel to and from school among a sample of six schools in Del Norte County. Parent and classroom data were collected using forms from the National Center for Safe Routes to School (521 parent surveys were completed representing students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade). This report was prepared by the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) to provide some baseline information and policy recommendations for SRTS in Del Norte County.
by Jessica L. Van Arsdale, MD, MPH, Director of Health Research, The California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University &
Nanette Yandell, MPH, Public Health Policy Coordinator, Building Healthy Communities, Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands
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