Policy & funding

Spotlight on: Ben W. Murch Elementary School, 2009 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award recipient

Recognized for Excellence in Building Community Support and Infrastructure for Safe Walking and Bicycling to School

Spotlight on: National Center's 25 SRTS Mini-grant Recipients

On December 8, 2009, the National Center for Safe Routes to School announced the selection of 25 mini-grants recipients to receive up to $1,000 for local projects that encourage student creativity in SRTS activities in the spring 2010 semester.

"We were truly impressed by the creativity and innovation of the mini-grant applications we received," said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National. "Proposed activities ranged from trail construction and letter writing campaigns, to middle school social marketing strategies."

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New Resource: Winter 2009 Program Tracking Brief

The National Center for Safe Routes to School just released the Winter 2009 Program Tracking Report. This quarterly report provides information about state SRTS programs and includes a tracking table summarizing key attributes from all state programs.

The national SRTS program saw measured growth during the fourth quarter of 2009. In fact, the total number of schools that have benefited or will benefit from funds announced by state SRTS Programs grew to 6,4893 — a two percent increase over the previous quarter.

Do I have permission to use images and information from your website to develop a Safe Routes to School fact sheet?

The National Center grants permission to use the images and information from our website  for not-for-profit SRTS promotional purposes and educational activities.

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Can SRTS funds be used for infrastructure in the construction of a new school?

According to federal guidelines, potential infrastructure projects that some States have used for existing SRTS or related programs include:

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Is it the schools responsibility to ensure the students' safety on their walk to school? If so, what is the regulation/code covering the school's responsibility?

Liability for student safety is a complex issue. How school districts
interpret their liability can vary. There is no federal law or code
that applies to all school districts.