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.”
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.
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).
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.
The following is a brief compilation of Safe Routes to School-related news stories from across the country. Web links to the following news stories are time sensitive, so some stories may not be accessible after the initial publication date or may require registration.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School has developed a new PowerPoint presentation entitled "Safe Routes to School: Improving Health, Safety and Transportation." NCSRTS developed the presentation as a tool to promote safe walking and bicycling to school and to give an overview of the basics of Safe Routes to School. The presentation reviews the reasons why walking and bicycling to school has decreased in the US, the consequences of this decrease and the ways Safe Routes to School are a part of the solution.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership proudly present the 1st Safe Routes to School National Conference: Creating, Building and Sustaining Momentum. The conference will be held November 5-7, 2007, in Dearborn, Michigan and will be hosted by the Michigan Fitness Foundation.