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Safer community travel for families and neighbors Making the Healthy Easy Choice BikeLife Seattle 19 eattle is consistently recognized as one of the safest cit- ies in the U.S. and its laid out an aggressive goal to reach zero deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2030.SAs one of the key steps toward Vision Zero see the Vision Zero article for more details Seattle has developed the Safe Routes to School Action Plan to improve safety on streets near schools. Today a large majority of Seattle stu- dents 83 percent live within a walk zone which shows the opportunity for improving safety and increasing biking and walking in school communities. Improving safety for school communities means building healthy places where kids can safely walk and bike to school and in their neighborhood. Students that walk and bike to school are healthier more alert and ready to learn when they arrive. Research shows that giving opportunities for healthy transpor- tation can reap the greatest benefits in underserved neighborhoods where health risks are often higher. In addition reducing the number of parents who drive their kids to school will benefit the larger community via reduced roadway congestion and air pollution. As we work to improve infrastructure use the tips at right to make it safer and easier for students to bike and walk to school BE VISIBLE Take extra steps to ensure you can be seen when walking or biking. Wear light-col- ored clothing and reflective gear so drivers can spot you. MAKE GOOD DECISIONS Dont let your cell phone distract you or listen to music while biking. Take an active role in safety and keep your ears and eyes on the road. FOLLOW THE RULES Every intersection is a legal crosswalk whether there are pavement markings or not so drivers should always stop for pedestri- ans. Pedestrians should cross the street at intersections or cross- walks where drivers expect to see you. And always look both ways before crossing.Formoreinformationabout SDOTs Safe Routes to School Program visit seattle.govtransportationsaferoutes.htm.