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Safe Routes to School Resources

Safe Routes to Schools programs are designed to decrease traffic and pollution and increase the health of children and the community, Safe Routes to Schools promotes walking and biking to school, using education and incentives to show how much fun it can be! The program addresses parents’ safety concerns by educating children and the public, partnering with traffic law enforcement, and developing plans to create safer streets. Learn more about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

5 E’s of Safe Routes to School
Flourishing Safe Routes to School projects see remarkable changes in the way students and parents choose to travel to and from school. These projects succeed by including each of the “Five E’s” of Safe Routes to School to ensure that their project is a well-rounded, multi-prong and time-tested approach to getting more students walking and bicycling.

Rural Communities: A Two Pronged Approach for Improving Walking and Bicycling
This toolkit discusses how rural communities can be the best of environments and the worst of environments for walking and bicycling, and how improvements can be made.

Safe Routes to School: Helping All Students Walk and Bike Safely
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs promote health and physical activity among children of all ages and abilities by encouraging travel to school via safe, active transportation.

Investment in Safe Routes to School Projects: Public Health Benefits for the Larger Community
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is designed to encourage active and safe transportation for children to school. This report examines the potential broader impact of these programs on communities within 0.5 mile (0.8 km) of schools.

Safe Routes to School Meets Safe Routes to Parks
Communities are working on many strategies to make it easier and safer for people to be physically active. One important place for collaboration and advocacy is around making sure that people can safely walk and bicycle to parks – an approach known as safe routes to parks. This new fact sheet developed by the National Partnership outlines the three components of a safe routes to parks plan with tips for collaborating with planning, parks, and Safe Routes to School professionals.

Using the Transportation Alternatives Program to Improve Safety and Health in Your Community
This fact sheet helps communities understand how to use the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to support healthy community design and active transportation.

Get Out & Get Moving: Opportunities to Walk to School Through Remote Drop-Off Programs
CA4Health, in collaboration with ChangeLab Solutions, developed this fact sheet to help districts, parents, and active transportation advocates understand the legal implications of implementing a remote drop-off program and determine whether it is appropriate for their community. This fact sheet also includes a cost-benefit worksheet for districts to assess the relative risks of implementing a remote drop-off program versus existing drop-off routines.

On the Move: Safe Routes to School Policies in Rural School Districts
ChangeLab Solutions, in collaboration with CA4Health, developed this fact sheet to call out specific approaches and tools that may be of particular assistance to rural schools, exploring elements of the Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook – a free online resource that can help districts develop effective policies for supporting healthy students.

Safe Routes to School (Roadmap & Brochure)
ChangeLab Solutions, in collaboration with CA4Health, created an illustrated roadmap (below) of the 13 policy options that can help make Safe Routes to School a permanent part of our communities. For additional information, download the accompanying brochure that breaks down the policy options even further.

Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook
This resource is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement policies that support active transportation [1] and Safe Routes to School programs. The workbook will walk you through a series of policy options to help you build your own customized Safe Routes to School policy, which you can download and use in your community.

Increasing Physical Activity: Shared Use and Safe Routes to School
Two strategies that you can use to increase physical activity of children in your community are shared use and safe routes to school (SRTS). Children and youth can bike and walk to school to easily incorporate physical activity into their day. But the number of kids walking and biking to school has dropped dramatically over the last four decades. Shared use is a strategy for increasing access to spaces to play by opening up recreational spaces for use by the public. Often this means opening school grounds for public use after school hours, but other government agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations are successfully implementing shared use arrangements as well. This webinar identifies what shared use and SRTS programs entail, how to adopt policies for your community, and how to overcome challenges.

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