What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national movement to increase the number of students walking and biking to school safely.

Through a collaborative community effort, SRTS programs typically address:

  • The safety of our streets and communities
  • The health and fitness of our children
  • Traffic calming measures
  • Air quality and other environmental issues

Only 13 percent of K-8th graders walk or bike to school, and approximately 14 percent of morning commuter traffic is due to children being driven to school.

Successful programs typically include:

  • Families: Children, parents, guardians, neighbors, and extended family
  • Schools: Teachers, PTAs, administrators, staff
  • Health Professionals: public health, school nurses, clinicians
  • Design Professionals: engineers, planners, artists and other designers
  • Public Safety Professionals: fire fighters, law enforcement, crossing guards

Find out why Safe Routes to School programs are important.