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Only 11 percent of Chicagoland residents ride transit to work.

Safe Routes to School




Every day in Illinois, five kids are hit by cars while walking or biking within one block of a school.  

In 1969, more than half of kids walked or biked to school. Today, only 13 percent report doing it. This reduction in everyday physical activity contributes to an increase in chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, particularly among African Americans, Latinos, and low and moderate income communities.

We want to change these unfortunate statistics.

The Safe Routes for Healthy Kids is a statewide campaign working to make our streets safer places for kids to walk and bike to school. 

Active Trans and the Safe Routes for Healthy Kids coalition are teaming up with parents, students, teachers, and other stakeholders across the state to fight for improvements to the Illinois Safe Routes to School program, which provides support for street improvements and educational programs that encourage walking and biking to school.

If we want kids to experience the benefits of getting active on their way to and from school, we need a stronger Safe Routes to School program in Illinois. We can dramatically improve the program by doing the following:

  • Boost funding for the program
  • Make it easier for low-income communities to participate
  • Improve administrative practices to mirror national best practices



As we work closely with a coalition of state-wide organizations to make these changes, we also need your help.

Here are three ways you can support our Safe Routes for Healthy Kids Campaign today:


  1.  Sign up here to support the campaign and get updates. 
  2. Tell Active Trans your story by completing this quick survey.
  3. Share your story and photos on social media by using the hashtag #SafeRoutesIL. You can also use one of these infographics:















Campaign Issue Brief

Campaign Fact Sheet (citations)


Safe Routes for Healthy Kids Coalition Members


Active Transportation Alliance

Alta Planning and Design

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children




Get Up and Go

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity

Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs

League of Illinois Bicyclists

Mission Readiness

Slow Roll Chicago

YMCA of Rock River Valley


Recent News

Northwest Side Chicago Elementary Works to Get Kids Active

What’s Your School Doing on Walk to School Day on October 7?



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