In 2005, the United States Congress established the national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program in Section 1404 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). Through a combination of engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation strategies, the program was developed to address traffic safety, traffic congestion and air quality issues around schools, while also acknowledging the health benefits of active school travel.
The federal SRTS program empowers states and local communities to choose to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and available everyday mode choice. Since the federal SRTS program was enacted, states have implemented their programs through a myriad of approaches. This guide contains specific examples of noteworthy practices by state SRTS programs for consideration by state and federal SRTS practitioners.