In 2005, Congress passed federal transportation legislation that established the national Safe Routes to School program.* Local, regional and national efforts to increase safe walking and bicycling for school children have burgeoned since that time. State programs are well underway and local programs are thriving. Today, a strong network of State Coordinators and local program leaders, an engaged group of advocates and an increasing body of knowledge on "what works," contribute to the growth of Safe Routes to School programs across the nation.
Learn more about the national progress of the federal Safe Routes to School program:
* Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the current transportation legislation, makes Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activities eligible to compete for funding alongside other programs, including the Transportation Enhancements program and Recreational Trails program, as part of a program called Transportation Alternatives. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is charged with putting the legislation into practice, and it provides information about MAP-21 on its website.
State SRTS programs are handling MAP-21 guidance in various ways. Visit our Find State Contacts page to learn more about how your State is approaching MAP-21 and SRTS.