National Center Releases Resource on Measuring Students Walking and Biking to School

The National Center for Safe Routes to School has released a new resource that includes a sample of programs that measured their walking and bicycling numbers and found an increase.  The resource aims to assist and inspire Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs to measure student travel patterns to look for possible changes over time.

Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Increase Walking and Bicycling to School provides an overview of eight programs that sought to increase walking and bicycling rates and measured their achievements. It outlines methods that local SRTS programs can use to measure the progress of their activities.

“This resource highlights the value of programs measuring baseline walking and bicycling numbers and comparing those numbers after SRTS efforts have been underway,” said Nancy Pullen-Seufert, associate director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. “This evidence is tremendously valuable. It’s the first step to learning more about strategies that have the greatest success with increasing active travel.”

Ultimately, the collection of school travel data and subsequent analysis can enable a SRTS program to measure the efficacy of its programs, determine how successful it is and communicate its success to the community and potential funders.

“Putting numbers behind the ideas we’re talking about makes it all a bit more concrete. I think collecting data provides a good objective measure of where you’re at and where you’re going,” said Amy Thompson, coordinator of the SRTS program at Heatherwood Elementary School in Boulder, Colo., winner of the 2011 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award.

To read Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Increase Walking and Bicycling to School, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org/program-tools/getting-results-srts-programs-increase-walking-bicycling.

Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Increase Walking and Bicycling to School is the third installment in a series of resources on getting and measuring results with SRTS programs. To read more about measuring and evaluating the results of an SRTS program, visit Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Traffic and Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving.

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