Connecting the trip to school with...

Focusing on a safer way to get to school...

Improving children’s safety while walking and bicycling is a central mission of Safe Routes to School. And program benefits stretch beyond the school day.

SRTS resources & activities help communities:

  • Build sidewalks, bicycle paths & pedestrian-friendly infrastructure
  • Reduce speeds in school zones & neighborhoods
  • Address distracted driving among drivers of all ages
  • Educate generations on pedestrian & bicycle safety

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A healthier way to start the day...

Participating in a SRTS program can improve the health of our children & community. That's an encouraging outcome for a lifetime.

Walking, rolling & bicycling to school helps students:

  • Reach the recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day
  • Arrive at school energized & ready to learn
  • Leave the car behind & reduce dependence on fossil fuels
  • Take an active role in their well-being

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Building relationships and local infrastructure...

The common goal of a safe trip to school brings families, neighbors, school officials & community leaders together. Every child - and community - deserves a safe route to school.

Working toward a safe route to school can help communities:

  • Build a sense of neighborhood
  • Encourage increased parental involvement at school & beyond
  • Promote driving safely in school zones & the larger community
  • Gain economic benefits of improved infrastructure, like sidewalks

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There’s more than one way to get to school...

SRTS activities can be an opportunity to try taking more active trips on foot or bicycle. They can be a family's gateway to transportation choice.

Choosing an active mode of transportation means:

  • Less traffic & a safer route to school
  • Fewer cars & fewer emissions
  • More active & healthier children
  • More active, involved parents

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New Report Celebrates a Decade of the SRTS Program’s Success

Safe Routes Toolbox

This interactive map, developed by the National Center for Safe Routes to School,depicts federally funded Safe Routes to School projects across the United States.

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Dive into 1,500 tools, tip sheets, & templates to get your program off the ground or keep momentum.

National Physical Activity Society

11/16/15: Walking the Walk: Getting Kids Walking and Bicycling with Safe Routes to School

The National Center for SRTS and SRTS National Partnership

12/9/15: The Role of MPOs in Funding SRTS

Active Living Research

12/10/15: Design and Methods of Natural Experiments in Transit and Physical Activity
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Opportunities & Announcements

Hear from three MPO staff about how they've used TAP funds to support a range of Safe Routes to School projects in their communities.

A new report released by the National Center examines the accomplishments of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program over the past decade.

Students, parents and community members in every state demonstrate the benefits walking and bicycling to school can play in improving health, safety and community life

In a newly released video message, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx shows his support for walking to school by encouraging communities to join the Walk to School Day celebration.