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2002 Summary of Safe Routes to School Programs in the United States

Introduction Children's lives have altered dramatically over the last few decades. One of the most startling changes is how little independence and mobility they now have compared to the generations who grew up before them. Not so long ago, a vast majority of kids routinely roamed their neighborhoods on foot or bicycle, taking the first steps toward independence.

Authoring Organization: 
Transportation Alternatives
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A Safer Journey to School

This guide for schools on travel plans takes account of our integrated transport policy to reduce car dependency, particularly for short journeys. It also builds upon the many good practices already in place in schools up and down the country. Safer Routes to School is the centerpiece of the Government's transport proposals for schools and the key to turning the practical steps in this guidance into action on the ground.

Authoring Organization: 
Transport 2000

The Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program (FTBSEP)

Authoring Organization: 
Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program, Univeristy of Florida

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Indiana Area School District Walking School Bus

The Indiana Area School District made history when it became the first school district in Pennsylvania to launch a Walking School Bus program. This component of the Safe Routes to School program is the latest, safe, fun and healthy way for kids to travel to and from school. Each walking school bus has at least one adult "driver" who walks with the kids.

Authoring Organization: 
Indiana Area School District, Indiana Pennsylvania

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Safe Ways to School Tool Kit

The "Safe Ways to School" project was a statewide pilot project administered by the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program. The goal was to improve conditions for children to walk and bicycle safely to and from school. The project was modeled after the award-winning "Safe School Routes" program in Melville, Australia which combined traffic calming techniques with school education initiatives to foster a safer environment for children to walk and bicycle to school.

Authoring Organization: 
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

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Alberta's Active and Safe Routes to School Resource Manual

The SHAPE (Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere) Resource Manual to support the Active and Safe Routes to School program in Alberta is designed to provide information, resources and ideas for school communities to encourage their students to walk or bike to school.

Authoring Organization: 
Go For Green and Environment Canada, Environment Alberta
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Maryland Safe Routes to School Guidebook: A Guide for Parents and Communities

The materials in this guide will enable you to establish a successful and ongoing Safe Routes to School Program at your school-and to ultimately enhance the safety and health of your community for years to come.

Authoring Organization: 
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee & Maryland Department of Transportation
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Activity Ideas--Walk to School Week

A list of 34 great ideas that you can mix and match for Walk to School Week events including

Authoring Organization: 
California Walk to School Headquarters, California Center for Physical Activity

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Activity Ideas: Walk to School Day, Week, Year-round

Walk to School - Some events begin with students walking together in a "walking school bus" group with parents, celebrities and dignitaries leading the way. Other activities include safety fairs, bike rodeos, poster contests, and meetings for parents. In some communities events are designed so families can complete walkability checklists along their usual route, permitting parents to teach safety skills to children.

Authoring Organization: 
California Walk to School Headquarters, California Center for Physical Activity

California Walk to School Headquarters

This website is full of information on the California Walk to School Program. The site discussed the current program and encourages other schools and communities to join in. The homepage promotes International Walk to School month and discusses different ways to participate.

One page on the website is dedicated to improving drop-off and pick-up zones at schools. The most recent factsheet, "Improving Drop-Off And Pick-Up Zones," is available for download free of charge.

Authoring Organization: 
California Walk to School Headquarters, California Center for Physical Activity