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Equity

Equity in SRTS means that every student is able to safely, comfortably, and conveniently walk and bike to school, regardless of race, cultural identity, tribal affiliation, immigrant or refugee status, language, gender or sexual identity, income, religion, and whether or not a student receives special education, has a physical or mental disability, or is homeless …

Evaluation

By helping to identify specific issues and monitor trends over time, evaluation strategies ensure that Safe Routes to School initiatives are effective. Evaluation may include student or parent surveys to track rates of walking and biking, or might include a look at traffic crash data near schools. Data collection should occur at the beginning of …

Engagement

Successful Safe Routes to School programs rely on actively engaged SRTS teams consisting of school administration, parents, volunteers and more. The following tools are ideal for educating communities on the benefits of Safe Routes to School and finding meaningful ways to contribute to building a culture of walking and bicycling in their community. Overview of …

Engineering

Engineering improvements focus on making changes to streets, trails, and sidewalks to improve walking and biking conditions. They generally aim to reduce vehicle speeds, address conflicts points, and provide fully accessible sidewalks and crossings near schools. Many communities were not designed to be safe and comfortable for people walking and bicycling. Walkability and bikeability audits …

Encouragement

Encouragement events help inspire students and parents to try walking or biking to school, and they can help make active transportation part of the culture of the school community. Encouragement events also help build support among elected officials and school leaders. Encouragement examples include special events like Walk and Bike to School Days or ongoing …

Education

Education programs aim to teach students safe walking and biking behaviors, help improve kids’ bike riding skills or provide information to families about different transportation options that are available. Education programs may also include driver safety campaigns in the vicinity of schools. There are often opportunities to partner with police, community groups or others on …

SRTS District Policy Workbook

This workbook is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes to School programs