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.