Community problems & solutions

Safe Routes to School and Health: Understanding the Physical Activity Benefits of Walking and Bicycling to School

Walking and biking are two of the easiest ways to be active. The National Center has prepared a new research-based resource that specifically looks at the potential physical activity benefits of a SRTS program and describes strategies for measuring those benefits.

Authoring Organization: 
National Center for Safe Routes to School
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Safe Routes to School Noteworthy Practices Guide: A Compendium of State SRTS Program Practices

In 2005, the United States Congress established the national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program in Section 1404 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). Through a combination of engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation strategies, the program was developed to address traffic safety, traffic congestion and air quality issues around schools, while also acknowledging the health benefits of active school travel.

Pierre, South Dakota: Walk to School Day Event

Pierre, S.D., is a rural town with approximately 13,000 residents. One of its local elementary schools, Jefferson Elementary School, has more than 400 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Introduction

Pierre, S.D., is a rural town with approximately 13,000 residents. One of its local elementary schools, Jefferson Elementary School, has more than 400 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. In 2003, the Jefferson Elementary Parent and Teachers Association (PTA) wanted to implement a program designed to encourage healthy behavior in the students. The PTA decided that yearly Walk to School Day events would be the best encouragement program for the students.

Save the Date: Safe Routes to School National Conference to be Held in Minneapolis Aug. 16-18, 2011

The City of Minneapolis, Minnesota was chosen through a competitive application process as the location for the 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference in 2011. The conference will take place Aug. 16-18, 2011 and is being hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The 2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference, held in Portland, Oregon in August 2009, had more than 500 participants in attendance and was a resounding success.

Data System Update

Call for Applications: 2010 Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award

The National Center needs your help spreading the news — applications are now being accepted for the 2010 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award. The 2010 Award will recognize outstanding achievement by a school or community in conducting a SRTS program that has greatly improved the safety or increased the number of elementary and/or middle school students walking and bicycling to school.

Getting There Together: A Message from the Director

Spring has sprung in Chapel Hill and we're well on our way to an exciting 2010.

Safe Routes Snapshots: Promoting Wellness through Walk to School Day in Belle Glade, Florida

Background

Unlike many of the surrounding schools, Gove Elementary in Belle Glade, Fla., is confronted with unique challenges to implement its Safe Routes to School program. Gove Elementary is a Title 1 school in a rural area with many of its students coming from migrant working families. The constant infux and outfow of students can be challenging for teachers, staff and the students. Despite these challenges, Gove Elementary has achieved success in promoting safety and wellness both in the school and in the community.

GAO finds progress in implementing SRTS program

The GAO released a report in July (GAO-08-789) evaluating the first two years of the federal Safe Routes to School program. To view the full report, please browse to www.gao.gov/new.items/d08789.pdf.

Register your 2008 International Walk to School events

Photo of Children and BalloonsRegistration is open for 2008 International Walk to School, an international event where communities from over 40 countries join together to walk and bicycle to school. Walk to School Day is October 8, 2008. The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the U.S.