It’s nearly September and a new school year is upon us. As families prepare for the start of school, the City of Santa Monica’s Safe Routes to School program encourages families to consider walking, biking, riding the bus or train, skating, and scooting to school. Why you ask? Here are just three of the many great reasons to leave the car at home this school year:

  1. Kids should get one hour or more of physical activity each day. Making exercise a part of the daily commute makes reaching this goal a breeze (pun intended should you be accompanying them on a Breeze bike share bike).
  2. Ditching the car can save $. Cut fuel costs and vehicle maintenance immensely (or entirely)!
  3. Walking, biking, taking the bus or train, skating, and scooting over driving reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In Santa Monica, 64% of greenhouse gas emissions stem from transportation.

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