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US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is urging children to walk to school whenever possible and pushing communities to make sure the walks are safe. LaHood was in Indianapolis Friday to promote the nationwide effort.
The Safe Routes to School Program is a national initiative aimed at making it easier for children to walk to school by providing funding for infrastructure improvements around schools. Those can include the installation of bicycle lanes, crosswalks, pedestrian signals and sidewalks.
Secretary LaHood participated in a walk to school with dozens of parents and students Friday. He says it’s important for children to walk to school both for the exercise and as a way to develop a sense of community.
“It also gives a sense of security to parents to know that their children can be safe going back and forth to school,” he says.
State representative Ed DeLaney participated in the walk with his grandchildren. He says the program can also generate jobs for those who have to implement the infrastructure upgrades.