The National Center for Safe Routes to School has a collection of case studies on-line that show how communities are using their SRTS awards to overcome obstacles and work with other community partners to provide safe routes to school. Check out the latest case studies by selecting a state on the Center's website to see what's happening:
Spartanburg, SC, utilized SRTS funding to improve connectivity, signage and crosswalk markings to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. Pine Street Elementary partnered with Safe Kids Spartanburg to pilot Toole Design Group's pedestrian safety curriculum lessons that are incorporated into physical education classes and make it safe, convenient and cool to walk to school.
Students at Kinsey Elementary in Flagstaff, AZ, are benefiting from partnerships in the "Walk, Bike, Get Fit" program, which offers prizes for students who walk or bike to school, and the school's photojournalism project by fifth and sixth-grade students documented the "walking environment" and was used to advertise the International Walk to School Day 2008.
In less than a year, Eagle Crest Elementary School in Longmont, CO, experienced a nearly 40 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic thanks to the students and parents embracing the school's SRTS program: Step Often and Ride (SOAR).
The Forest Park Elementary School PTA in Little Rock AR, utilized strengths of parent volunteers to partner with the City, school district and 3M Corporation to develop a comprehensive SRTS program that included infrastructure improvements and education and encouragement activities.
The Edgewood, KY, Police Department led the partnership with the school system to apply for federal funding to fill in gaps in the City's sidewalk grid that led to construction of nearly 4,000 feet of sidewalks as well as the installation of bicycle racks at four schools.
Officials in Murray, KY, added nearly 16,000 feet of sidewalks with the City's SRTS award, and physical education teachers are teaching about pedestrian safety, crosswalks and the health benefits of walking.
Taylor, TX, had an open public process and utilized its SRTS award to build 2.4 miles of sidewalks that will connect the elementary, middle and high schools with parks, trails, retail centers and medical facilities.
District 2 of Florida's Department of Transportation manages a district-wide SRTS program and utilized its existing Community Traffic Safety program volunteers to provide pedestrian and bicycle safety outreach to more than 28,500 children in 605 schools since it began in September 2007.
Pleasant View, TN, developed a SRTS program that covered all five "E's" when it constructed sidewalks, crosswalks and installed signs that will connect neighborhoods and provide safe places for students to walk and bicycle to school, and school officials provided in-house education and encouragement.
Two Lawton, OK, schools have begun walking school buses and have seen increased participation and safety of children and reduced congestion, and they have built strong relationships with parents and the community as students arrive at school ready to learn.
The small town of Amory, MS, followed its five-year SRTS plan to build sidewalks, add lighting, reroute bus traffic and provide education and encouragement handouts, safety education and bicycle rodeos. The area middle school started a bicycle club for children with special needs.