Developing a personal stake in SRTS makes people more likely to invest time, money, and energy. This personal interest and engagement can come about in diverse ways. For example:
Stakeholders include people with job responsibilities related to Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and community members who are interested or impacted by SRTS. They are divided into categories:
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: