Making the case

How can I to encourage principals to get more motivated about Safe Routes to School?

Principals are often responsive to requests from parents with children attending the school, parent groups like the PTA and from the larger community. Consider approaching the principal early in the SRTS planning process so he or she feels included. If a principal isn't interested, it is usually a good idea to keep this person in the loop as the program progresses. This not only shows your desire to work cooperatively, it also makes it easier if and when the principal wants to lend support.

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Travel to School: The Distance Factor

The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Policy has published Travel to School: The Distance Factor. The independent research using data from the National Household Travel Survey explores how children's mode of travel to school has changed over time. Highlights include:

Authoring Organization: 
U.S. Department of Transportation: Federal Highway Administration
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Compendium: Safe Routes to School Case Studies from Around the Country

The National Center for Safe Routes to School offers this collection of original 1-2 page case studies on SRTS programs and activities from across the United States. The case studies, also referred to as success stories, appear on www.saferoutesinfo.org and are seen by numerous SRTS implementers and others involved in SRTS.

Authoring Organization: 
National Center for Safe Routes to School
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Can SRTS help our community build sidewalks and bike lanes on our streets if the children ride a bus and the roadways are not safe?

The short answer is we believe an SRTS Program can help. However, please keep in mind that an SRTS program is more than a sidewalk and infrastructure program. For SRTS programs to be most effective they should be comprehensive and include most if not all of the 5 E's (engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation). Visit our comprehensive SRTS Guide online for more on each of the E's and to see how they work together.

At what age can children walk to school by themselves?

There is no federal law setting a legal age minimum before children can walk to school alone. For a law specific to your state, contact the Safe Routes to School Coordinator local with in your state's Department of Transportation. You may also want to contact the school district or school where the child attends to determine if they have a policy that prohibits children under a certain age from walking to school alone.

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Safe Routes to School

The brochure describes statistics for making the case for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and discusses the goals and benefits of Massachusetts SRTS program and lists several state-wide resources available.

Authoring Organization: 
MassRides and Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation

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