Ladson, SC: SRTS program evolves as a wellness committee to promote student health

Safe Routes to School is a fully institutionalized program at Oakbrook Middle School, but this was not always the case. 


Seven Oaks, SC: School staff make long-term changes in student travel patterns

In the fall of 2011, school staff took action to sustain enthusiasm for walking and biking and to create long-term changes in student travel patterns.


Rockhill, South Carolina: Engaging older students helps increase the number of children walking to school

Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School is unique within the Rock Hill School District as the only elementary school to include sixth grade. 


Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School is unique within the Rock Hill School District as the only elementary school to include sixth grade. When the principal and SRTS Team assembled in 2012 to discuss how to increase the number of students walking to school, they went straight to the source by engaging the sixth grade students.


Save the Date for Bike to School Day 2014

Are you ready to roll? Bike to School Day 2014 has been set for Wednesday, May 7!

Walk to School Day 2013 Sets New Registration Record

Date set for 2014 event

From all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 4,447 schools registered Walk to School Day events, setting a new participation record. To see which schools celebrated Walk to School Day 2013, go to www.walkbiketoschool.org/go/whos-walking/2013.

SRTS National Conference Sets Record, Makes Presentations Available Online

What do a walking street sign, a rolling beetle, 650 Safe Routes to School practitioners, and 135 PowerPoint presentations have in common? The Safe Routes to School National Conference!

A word cloud generated from session titles of the 4th SRTS National Conference, held August 13-15, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio: Comprehensive Safe Routes to School Program built around village cooperation and core goals of safety and encouragement

Safe Routes Chagrin is a truly cooperative endeavor which has improved safety and encouraged more students to walk and bike while building a sustainable program supported by the entire community.


Chagrin Falls is a village of about 4,000 residents located 17 miles southeast of Cleveland.  The village school system includes an elementary school (grades K-3), an intermediate school (grades 4-6, school population about 480), a middle school (grades 7-8, school population about 320), and a high school.

Getting There Together: A Message from the Director on Optimism

Let me share a story with you.  On my way to the office a few days ago I had an experience that reinforced my confidence in the future of Safe Routes and made me realize how far we’ve come.

Driving through a residential neighborhood, I came upon a swarm of elementary school children biking to school.  The scene at first seemed  chaotic, but amid the commotion, safety was everywhere—a pace car leading the group, parents interspersed with the 60 or so children, and enough visible mass to slow any approaching vehicle on this low-speed street.

Joke contest hatches award winning Safe Routes to School program

[Editor’s note: This article is longer than the normal Safe Routes Matters article, but with good reason: it is chock-full of great ideas for Safe Routes to School programs.  We have included links to key ideas to make navigating easier.]
Key Ideas
Evaluation and planning  ||  Improving infrastructure
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