LSU encouraging kids to walk, bike to school
A $100,000 federal grant is being put to work this fall encouraging Baton Rouge kids to walk or ride their bike to school.
LSU professors in the College of Education are using the grant to start a Safe Routes to School program at Polk and Buchanan elementary schools.
It includes educating about bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as funds to start a walking or bike-riding competition with pedometers, water bottles, T-shirts and gym bags as rewards. The program finishes with a National Walk to School day event on October 6.
Public meetings were held over the last year as part of the planning for this project. Many people at the meetings said they wanted to see more improvements to sidewalks and crossings to create a more welcoming environment for kids to walk or ride their bikes.
LSU’s Department of Kinesiology will also task health students to continue the program in the following years as part of their service-learning requirements.