What is SRTS

Safe Routes to School programs were established to provide resources to cities, schools and communities to help them encourage more children to walk and bike to school more often. Based on programs in Copenhagen, Denmark in the 1970s, California, New York and a few other states began experimenting with the notion of creating safer routes for kids over 20 years ago. Simply put, more children walking and biking to school, means more active children and less cars on the road, creating safer, cleaner communities. Why is this important? There are good reasons to get kids out of cars:

  • 30% of American children are considered overweight or obese

  • Less than 15% of children in the U.S. get the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity

  • Nationally, school traffic accounts for nearly 25% of morning congestion.

  • In 1970, approximately 50% of children walked or biked to school.Today, it's around 13%

Plus, by learning how to walk and bike to school safely, children learn valuable life-lessons, such as good decision making, responsibility and develop greater community awareness.

Safe Routes to School programs generally focus on what are called the ā€œ5 Eā€™sā€:

  • Engineering: Creating safe and convenient places to walk or bike.

  • Education: Giving people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to walk and bike safely.

  • Encouragement: Building sustainable programs to create a strong walking and biking culture that welcomes and celebrates active transportation.

  • Enforcement: Working with local law enforcement to ensure safe roads for all users.

  • Evaluation: Providing baseline and ongoing data to evaluate and improve programs.