Connecting the trip to school with...

Focusing on a safer way to get to school...

Improving children’s safety while walking and bicycling is a central mission of Safe Routes to School. And program benefits stretch beyond the school day.

SRTS resources & activities help communities:

  • Build sidewalks, bicycle paths & pedestrian-friendly infrastructure
  • Reduce speeds in school zones & neighborhoods
  • Address distracted driving among drivers of all ages
  • Educate generations on pedestrian & bicycle safety

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A healthier way to start the day...

Participating in a SRTS program can improve the health of our children & community. That's an encouraging outcome for a lifetime.

Walking, rolling & bicycling to school helps students:

  • Reach the recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day
  • Arrive at school energized & ready to learn
  • Leave the car behind & reduce dependence on fossil fuels
  • Take an active role in their well-being

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Building relationships and local infrastructure...

The common goal of a safe trip to school brings families, neighbors, school officials & community leaders together. Every child - and community - deserves a safe route to school.

Working toward a safe route to school can help communities:

  • Build a sense of neighborhood
  • Encourage increased parental involvement at school & beyond
  • Promote driving safely in school zones & the larger community
  • Gain economic benefits of improved infrastructure, like sidewalks

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There’s more than one way to get to school...

SRTS activities can be an opportunity to try taking more active trips on foot or bicycle. They can be a family's gateway to transportation choice.

Choosing an active mode of transportation means:

  • Less traffic & a safer route to school
  • Fewer cars & fewer emissions
  • More active & healthier children
  • More active, involved parents

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Celebrate National Bike to School Day on May 6th

Safe Routes Toolbox

This interactive map, developed by the National Center for Safe Routes to School,depicts federally funded Safe Routes to School projects across the United States.

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Dive into 1,500 tools, tip sheets, & templates to get your program off the ground or keep momentum.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

3/18/15: Biking and Communities of Color: Friend or Foe?

America Walks

3/9/15: Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps to Walkability

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals & PeopleForBikes

3/4/15: Building Equity: Race, Class and Protected Bike Lanes (Protected Lanes #1)"

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Opportunities & Announcements

The National Center for Safe Routes to School announces Bike to School Day registration is now open. Schools, parents and community members can now register an event at www.walkbiketoschool.org.

This webinar discusses why effective transportation in disadvantaged communities is important to the U.S. DOT and highlight key aspects of SRTS that may differ from typical federal transportation programs.

The fifth Safe Routes to School National Conference will be held in Columbus, Ohio. The event, hosted by MORPC, will take place April 5-7, 2016 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

New reports reflect the value of safer infrastructure, safety awareness and education for schools nationwide, and the importance of SRTS programming in active travel.