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Posted: 2:26PM March 13th, 2012 | Comments
According to a 2008 document writen by M. Pedroso for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, "If our nation returned to 1969 levels of walking and bicycling to school in which 85% of children living within 1 mile and 50% of those living withing 2 mils of school walked or bicycled…an additional 5.9 million children would walk or bicycle to school- saving 10.6 million miles of car travel per school day, and a total of 1.9 billion vehicle miles during the school year. That would prevent 877, 000 tons of carbon dioxide and 53,000 tons of other pollutants from entering our air and atmosphere.
When you include the contributions of the 5.7 million children living within 2 miles of school who already walk or bicycle today, returning our country to 1969 levels of walking and bicycling would save 3.2 billion vehicle miles, 1.5 million tons of CO2 and 89,000 tons of other pollutants annually. This is the equivalent of keeping more than 250,000 cars off the road for a year."