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FACTS:

  • The proportion of students in grades K-8 who walk or bike to school fell from 47.7% in 1969 to 12.7% in 2009.  

  • Learn More: The CDC's Active People, Healthy Nation Is Trying To Solve This 

  • Less than 3 in 10 middle and high school students get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. 

  • The CDC reports that there is evidence that increased physical activity during the school day impacts cognitive skills and attitudes—important components of academic performance.  

  • It is estimated vehicle traffic generated by school drop-offs accounts for 10%-20% of congestion volume in a given locale, which produces more pollution and ultimately negatively affects children’s health 

*From the Community Preventative Services Task Force, October 2018

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GVF was awarded a PennDOT Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Grant to create the My School in Motion Program to combat the below statistics and to educate the next generation on alternatives to driving alone. 

GVF partnered with Tredyffrin Easttown School District to bring the My School in Motion program to its first school. The program educates and promotes the benefits of active transportation, addresses traffic congestion, and identifies barriers that prevent biking and walking safely within the community.

Through the program, GVF helps to form partnerships between school districts, townships, and counties to prioritize needed infrastructure improvements. The My School In Motion Club also provides a space for many students who were already looking to advocate for safer active transportation modes. 

Check out the My School in Motion Website

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