In 1969, 48 percent of kids in kindergarten through eighth grade walked or biked to school; by 2009, that number had dropped to 13 percent. A nation ensconced in private vehicles is a nation too easily able to ignore the realities on its streets. A commitment to safer streets is a commitment to the public good; it puts the needs of the collective above the convenience of the individual. It embraces the fact that we’re all in this together rather than work to make sure we’re always further apart. It starts with shifting mind-sets…

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