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Huntsville, Alabama: PTA Members take charge of Walk to School Day

The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) at Challenger Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., has organized Walk to School Day in conjunction with International Walk to School Day for five years.
 

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The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) at Challenger Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., has organized Walk to School Day in conjunction with International Walk to School Day for five years. Through the PTA’s efforts, the children learn the importance of physical activity and a healthy diet.

Fairhope, Alabama: Monthly walk-to-school events are habit-forming

In Fairhope, AL, regular walk-to-school events are scheduled to help create a sustainable program that will change behaviors and enhance the community’s walkability.

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In Fairhope, AL, regular walk-to-school events are scheduled to help create a sustainable program that will change behaviors and enhance the community’s walkability.

Three schools in Fairhope serve elementary-age children: Fairhope K-1 Center, Fairhope Elementary School for second and third graders and Fairhope Intermediate School for fourth and fifth graders. Each school has approximately 500 students.

Niskayuna, New York: Collaboration and cooperation in Niskayuna

It took coordination and cooperation among Hillside Elementary School, the Schenectady County Traffic Safety Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County to organize a successful pedestrian safety program.

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It took coordination and cooperation among Hillside Elementary School, the Schenectady County Traffic Safety Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County (CCE,SC) to organize a successful pedestrian safety program at Hillside Elementary in Niskayuna, NY.

Rebecca Cigal, the community education associate at Hillside Elementary, first heard of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) at a focus group conducted by the community education department in spring 2007, and she said she thought it would be a good project for her position.

Carson City, Nevada: Grassroots effort leads to two SRTS pilot programs

In 2006, Muscle Powered, a local walking and bicycling advocacy group in Carson City, Nev., initiated a project to pilot a Walk to School program at two elementary schools using a $12,000 grant from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico: SRTS Trailblazers

Before Congress passed the SAFETEA-LU transportation legislation in 2005, the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in Las Cruces, NM, adopted Safe Routes to School (SRTS) policies into its transportation plan.

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Before Congress passed the SAFETEA-LU transportation legislation in 2005, the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in Las Cruces, NM, adopted Safe Routes to School (SRTS) policies into its transportation plan.

“We actually started on the SRTS project prior to the state’s SRTS program getting started,” said Andy Hume, associate planner for the MPO. “We wrote one of the first action plans in the state.”

Wharton Borough, New Jersey: SRTS success leads to "Safe Routes to School Year"

The first SRTS programs began at MacKinnon Middle and Duffy Elementary School, with the goal of encouraging more children to walk or bicycle to school.

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News Briefs

Active Living Resource Center Report examines City-Safe Routes to School

National Public Radio covers Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School received national media attention with a May 8, 2007 news story on National Public Radio's program Day to Day. The Federal Highway Administration and the National Center for Safe Routes to School worked with NPR Reporter Kathy Schalch to provide national perspective on the issues facing Safe Routes to School, background information for the story as well as referrals for local SRTS programs.

To access the audio of the story, please visit NPR's story.  

NCSRTS hosts 2nd Safe Routes to School State Coordinators National Meeting

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) State Coordinators gathered in Denver, CO, from May 15 – May 17 for the 2nd Annual Safe Routes to School State Coordinators National Meeting. Representatives from forty-nine States were in attendance at the meeting hosted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Engaging the news media to broaden your SRTS reach

With the rise in funding and program movement, news media coverage surrounding Safe Routes to School has seen an increase in the past several years. In an analysis conducted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the number of U.S. news stories directly relating to Safe Routes to School jumped from 37 in 2000 to 462 in 2006. With headlines like "Lessons in Leg Power" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and "Getting the Wheels in Motion" (Albany Times Union), the program has seen growth in both the quantity and quality of media coverage received.