As it stands, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funds remaining from the SAFETEA-LU legislation are still available for allocation by state Departments of Transportation. Therefore, we recommend that you get in touch with your State SRTS Coordinator. To get your State SRTS Coordinator's contact information, visit our Find State Contacts page and select your state on the interactive map or through the drop-down menu.
This report explores environmental health and Safe Routes to School through a review of the relationship between environmental health and school travel, a discussion on measuring the environmental health impacts of school travel, and five examples of methods used by SRTS programs to estimate the impact of their activities on local air quality and carbon dioxide emissions.
School travel plans can provide a road map for schools to build successful walking and biking programs. These plans include observations and ideas for addressing the five E’s of Safe Routes to School—Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, and Engineering. In this webinar we will learn about two different approaches to travel planning, starting at the school district level in Ohio as compared to a small town approach in Vermont. Both cases demonstrate the value of engaging the larger community during the planning process.
Katherine Campbell, U.S. Department of the Interior
Michia Casebier, ADOT SRTS Program Senior Planner and President of M.G. Tech Writing LLC
Part one of our series on Safe Routes to School in Indian Country provided background on Indian Country in general and challenges faced by many SRTS programs working with Tribal communities.
A growing body of research links physical activity to the physical and mental health of children. This link between physical activity and happier, healthier children can help build support for Safe Routes to School in your community. In this webinar, we will hear from two experts in the public health field who have studied how programs such as SRTS can directly impact the health of children and their readiness to learn.
When most people think of SRTS programs, elementary school students come to mind. This webinar will explain why it is so important to reach out to middle school students, describe why it is often so challenging to get through to them, and present three examples of programs designed to make an impact on these preteens.
Date: Monday, July 30
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
The city of Omro is a small, rural community (pop. 3,300) in northeast Wisconsin. Omro Middle School is located on the far north side of the city, with farmland less than a mile to its north, east and west. While 42 percent of its students live within two miles of the school, many of these students must cross one or more major barriers – including state highways and the Fox River – to walk and bike there. As a result, the vast majority of students are eligible to be bused.