Enforcement & safety management

Ladson, SC: SRTS program evolves as a wellness committee to promote student health

Safe Routes to School is a fully institutionalized program at Oakbrook Middle School, but this was not always the case. 


National Partnership Webinar... Liability 201: Addressing Liability Concerns Related to Walking School Buses, Bike Trains, Remote Drop Off and More!!

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT

Presented by: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

SRTS National Conference Sets Record, Makes Presentations Available Online

What do a walking street sign, a rolling beetle, 650 Safe Routes to School practitioners, and 135 PowerPoint presentations have in common? The Safe Routes to School National Conference!

A word cloud generated from session titles of the 4th SRTS National Conference, held August 13-15, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio: Comprehensive Safe Routes to School Program built around village cooperation and core goals of safety and encouragement

Safe Routes Chagrin is a truly cooperative endeavor which has improved safety and encouraged more students to walk and bike while building a sustainable program supported by the entire community.


Chagrin Falls is a village of about 4,000 residents located 17 miles southeast of Cleveland.  The village school system includes an elementary school (grades K-3), an intermediate school (grades 4-6, school population about 480), a middle school (grades 7-8, school population about 320), and a high school.

Joke contest hatches award winning Safe Routes to School program

[Editor’s note: This article is longer than the normal Safe Routes Matters article, but with good reason: it is chock-full of great ideas for Safe Routes to School programs.  We have included links to key ideas to make navigating easier.]
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Observation of a School: Understanding Walking and Biking Safety Issues

The best way to understand walking and bicycling safety issues at a particular school is by observing students arriving or departing during a normal school day. This includes observing children as they walk or bike the routes to school, how they cross streets, the interactions they have with cars and buses on the school campus, and how they make their way to the school door. The goal is to identify two main things:

Walk to School Day builds support for Safe Routes to School in Kauai

Sometimes, one day can turn into something much bigger.

In Kauai, Hawaii, a Walk to School Day event at Kapa’a Elementary School boosted community support for a full-fledged Safe Routes to School program. The community was concerned about traffic as well as childhood and adolescent obesity. In 2009-2010, the school was selected to serve as a pilot school for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.

Comprehensive program boosts SRTS at Roosevelt Elementary School

Michigan is one of the most "overweight states," which provided a big incentive for community leaders to try to get children active at a young age and ingrain that activity so that it will be habit later in life.


The biggest concern about implementing a Safe Routes to School program in Stevensville, Michigan, was the semi-rural Township’s lack of sidewalks near Roosevelt Elementary School. The largest subdivision is located within a mile of the school, but no one walked or biked because the route to school was along a busy street without sidewalks.  Most streets in the Township are asphalt with soft shoulders, resulting in inadequate space to walk on the side of the driving lane.