Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient and healthy opportunities for children to walk and bicycle to school.
The program encourages children to walk and bicycle to school, helping to reverse an alarming decrease in students' physical activity and an associated increase in childhood obesity. By getting more children to walk and bicycle to school, communities are also reducing fuel consumption, alleviating traffic congestion, and improving air quality. SRTS programs are built on collaborative partnerships among many stakeholders, including educators, parents, students, elected officials, engineers, city planners, business and community leaders, health officials, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates.
These benefits are the basis for this nationwide emphasis on safe routes to school.
There are varied funding opportunities for schools or communities to pursue for safer routes to school. The department has also developed and actively shares national or other resources including lesson plans, guides and other evaluation tools.
While there is currently no training scheduled in person, the department has training materials for bicycle education and crossing guards.