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Safe Routes legislation advances

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 18:25:10-05

A bill creating a fund for the Safe Routes to School Healthy Kids Program has passed through an Idaho Senate committee.

The Safe Routes programs and projects build infrastructure and education programs providing access and encouragement for children to walk and bike to school safely. 

The Senate Transportation Committee heard powerful testimony from groups supporting the bill including city planning organizations, advocates for the elderly, and AAA.

Courtney Wyatt's son was severely injured in a 2015 bike accident. She and her husband showed the committee their son's damaged helmet and bike from the accident. 

"We believe that all Idahoans should be given the opportunity to Safe Routes to School education and have the best Safe Routes to School infrastructure so that our children don't have to risk experiencing what [my son] has gone through," Wyatt said. 

The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.