In 2006, a Rosewood Elementary teacher, who is also a parent, noticed on her morning walks to school with her daughter that cars were driving too fast in front of the school. Almost weekly the teacher witnessed cars running the red light at one of the school's main intersections.
In March 2006, Safe Routes Chattanooga, a program of the Regional Planning Agency in Chattanooga, TN, was awarded $364,000 in Safe Routes to School (SRTS) federal funds through the Tennessee Department of Transportation to be distributed to seven schools in Hamilton County. Of this funding, $334,000 is for infrastructure improvements, and $30,000 is for the development of a pedestrian and bicycle safety educational program for the school district.
Jericho ElementaryJericho Elementary School, a kindergarten through fourth grade school in Jericho, VT, faced two obstacles in creating a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program: few students living within walking distance, and a highway next to the school prevents many of the children who live nearby from walking to school. With the help of Jericho Elementary parent volunteers and an infrastructure SRTS grant from the Vermont Agency of
Because of its rural setting, Longview Elementary School and the Moses Lake community faced unique issues surrounding child safety and safer walking programs. A small number of students walk to school, and residents were concerned with the safety of the two main roads leading up to the school's entrance. Parents and teachers and members of the Parent Teachers Association voiced concerns about safety conditions on the roads and took the initiative to work with the community in finding solutions.
Alexandria, Va., is a compact city with more than 128,000 residents living in a 15 square mile area. Many of the city's 13 elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school have been encouraging walking and bicycling to school and working to increase safety around the schools for several years before the Safe Routes to School programs appeared in 2006.
Abernathy Elementary, Abernathy Middle and Abernathy High School are all on the same campus along a fairly busy road. At least half of the students live within walking distance of their school, but there are no sidewalks to help them reach the school safely.