Policy Options: Support Physical Activity through Transportation Policy
If your state is one of the 30 states that have a constitutional or statutory restriction on using state gasoline taxes on anything other than highways (see list), work to change the law to allow gas tax funds to be used for transit, bike lanes, trails, sidewalks, and other infrastructure that supports physical activity.
- Example legislation/Constitutional amendment from Maine
Implement programs and policies to make it safe for kids to walk and bike to school
- Model legislation on Safe Routes to Schools from Texas
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Safe Routes to Schools Tool Kit
- Organize a "Walk to School Day"
- "The 2002 Summary of Safe Routes to School Programs in the United States" report by Transportation Alternatives and the Surface Transportation Policy Project. Report includes summaries of model programs that support walking and biking to school and an inventory of programs by location
- The California Safe Routes to School report
- CDC's Kids Walk to School program encourages communities to promote and provide opportunities for children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied by adults.
- Examine your neighborhood and determine how friendly your streets are for walkers using a Walkability Checklist