Promotion

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.

SRTS in the News

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.

Featured Resource: "Safe Routes to School: Improving Health, Safety and Transportation" PowerPoint presentation

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.

1st Safe Routes to School National Conference to be Held in November

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.

Walk to School Day 2007 Just Around the Corner

As another school year commences across the country, folks begin to think about transporting children to and from school and the options available to them - primarily, drop the kids at the school doors or have them take the bus? This year, think of another option for children and consider walking or bicycling to school.

SRTS in the News

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.

Safe Routes Snapshots: Corvallis and Philomath, OR

Safe Routes Snapshots provides a brief profile of a Safe Routes to School state or local program that highlights a particular success or issue the program faced. To submit your program for Safe Routes Snapshots, please email news@saferoutesinfo.org.

2007 International Walk to School Day marks record year

Children celebrated the 11th year of International Walk to School Day in record numbers with 2730 registered schools, and Walk to School events taking place in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Schools across the U.S. held a variety of different activities on Walk to School Day from bike rodeos to fun contests and activities in the classroom like puzzles and poster contests. Registered event organizers could also download a variety of resources from the Walk to School Web site such as banners and stickers to be used for their events.

Michigan Department of Transportation named 2007 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award recipient

States throughout the U.S. continue to show that the Safe Routes to School program is experiencing growth and success as more children are introduced to the benefits of walking and bicycling to school safely. In recognition of the quick and effective implementation of the Safe Routes to School program, the National Center for Safe Routes to School awarded the 2007 James L. Oberstar Award to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

SRTS in the News

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.