Community problems & solutions

Featured Resource: Parent Survey

The National Center for Safe Routes to School offers SRTS programs a downloadable parent survey to assist in the evaluation of their program activities. This survey asks for information about what factors affect whether parents allow their children to walk or bike to school, the presence of key safety-related conditions along routes to school and related background information. The survey results will help determine how to improve opportunities for children to walk or bike to school, and measure parental attitude changes as local SRTS programs occur.

Safe Routes Snapshots: Columbia, SC

Safe Routes Snapshots provides a brief profile of a Safe Routes to School state or local program that highlights a particular success or issue the program faced. To submit your program for Safe Routes Snapshots, please email news@saferoutesinfo.org.

Survey of Walk to School event organizers points to growth of SRTS

The National Center has released the 2007 Walk to School Event Organizer Survey Findings and Recommendations. The report provides a brief background on Walk to School events in the U.S. and summarizes findings from a survey conducted of Walk to School event organizers. The report also contains recommended actions that would likely strengthen future events and increase capacity and demand for SRTS programs.Photo of Children

Center continues to offer free SRTS Webinars

The National Center for Safe Routes to School continues to offer free SRTS-related Webinars through its partnership with America Walks. The next topic in the Webinar series will be:Photo of Principal with children

"Who Cares About Safe Routes? How to Make the Case in Your Community"

Presented by Kit Keller and Linda Tracy, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
April 29, 2008 at 2PM EST

New resources available to local programs for evaluating Safe Routes to School programs

The National Center for Safe Routes to School has released new resources to assist local communities in evaluating their Safe Routes to School programs. The Center has launched the Evaluation section within the SRTS Guide available at www.saferoutesinfo.org/guide/evaluation.

SRTS in the News

The following is a brief compilation of Safe Routes to School-related news stories from across the country. Web links to the following news stories are time sensitive, so some stories may not be accessible after the initial publication date or may require registration.

Connecticut Safe Routes to School Program Awards $1 million for SRTS Projects

The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced in December the award of nearly $1 million in funds from the Federal Highway Administration's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program for infrastructure projects.

The SRTS program objective is to encourage more students in elementary and middle schools (Grades K-8) to walk and bike to school, as opposed to other transportation alternatives; thereby encouraging a more healthy lifestyle.

News Brief: FHWA releases report on school travel

The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Policy has published Travel to School: The Distance Factor. According to independent research using data from the National Household Travel Survey, distance is one of the major factors in the shift in mode to private vehicle by schoolchildren. The analysis also found that safety and security concerns are significant factors in parents' decision to let their children walk to school, especially girls.