How do others become interested enough in Safe Routes to School that they contribute to the project?

Developing a personal stake in SRTS makes people more likely to invest time, money, and energy. This personal interest and engagement can come about in diverse ways. For example:

  • children become enthusiastic about walking and bicycling with a walk/bike to school event;
  • politicians understand that SRTS can be quite helpful to a political career;
  • teachers realizes that many students, after walking or bicycling to school, learn more easily in class;
  • parents enjoy the walk time with their child ;
  • parents witness a child pedestrian/vehicle crashes or near misses;
  • school principals, school boarsd, and/or traffic professionals understand how SRTS can reduce school traffic congestion;
  • neighbors realize how their neighborhood could be improved through SRTS;
  • police officers realize SRTS's potential to reduce traffic safety-reduced violations, speeding, illegal u-turns, double parking, etc;
  • volunteers recognize that they have lost weight and feel more energetic since starting daily walking school buses or bicycle trains; and
  • traffic engineers realize SRTS can fund some needed safety solutions near schools.

As these early SRTS adopters share their vision, enthusiasm, and experience with others, the investment in SRTS grows. Take people to visit a nearby SRTS project so they can see the benefits for themselves.

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