It is best to begin building community early in the process of developing your program. This involves building awareness about Safe Routes to School early in the process of developing a program. When your program is up and running, you can keep the public interested and generate support with media focus on encouragement events. See the Media and Visibility section of our SRTS Guide for more information on acquiring media coverage for your program.
An important first step is to assemble a group of people willing to form a school traffic safety committee or safe routes task force. Involving other stakeholders early in the SRTS planning process helps ensure they will support the program. For detailed information on how to identify stakeholders, conduct a meeting and the steps in establishing a program visit the SRTS Guide.
The Walk to School Headquarters offer resources to encourage more adults and children to walk and bike to school together to raise awareness about:
Website offers a host of downloadable Safe Routes to School related files including:
Oakland Pedestrian Safety Project (OPSP) website provides resources and links to information on developing, organizing and running a Safe Routes to School program. The information is classified according to the following 3 toolkits:
Walk to School Colorado Tool Kit - Tips for producing a successful Walk to School Day event. Contents include: Walk to School Day, Walk to School Programs, Media, Walkability Checklist, Bikeability Checklist, Walk to School Survey, Walk to School Evaluation, Walk to School Colorado Graphic, Walk to School Initiatives Booklet.
The Monthly SRTS Program Tracking Brief is prepared by the National Center for Safe Routes to School to provide information about State SRTS programs. Each month, a different snapshot and brief analysis of one key trend across all State programs is presented. It also provides a tracking table summarizing key attributes from all programs.
During the first 2 months of 2007,