Walking, first as a child holding the hand of a caring adult, is a form of transportation used throughout life. Being able to walk safely is an important skill that needs to be developed over time, starting with those first hand-held walks. This guide is intended to help parents and caregivers match their guidance and expectations with their children's abilities. It includes handouts to assist parents in assessing and strengthening their child's pedestrian skills.
School policies that encourage and support bicycling and walking can substantially boost a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, both within individual schools and throughout the community. In contrast, a policy that discourages or prohibits bicycling or walking can stop a SRTS program in its tracks. This tip sheet, jointly-developed by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Center for Safe Routes to School, provides simple steps explaining how to approach and overturn barrier policies that prohibit walking and/or bicycling to school, and encouraging supportive policies, which support and enable bicycling and walking to school programs.