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Getting started with Safe Routes to School

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  • Overview--how to create a Safe Routes to School program


    Safe Routes to School Handbook (PDF 335KB/24pgs) offers a step-by-step guide to creating a successful SRTS program.

    Six steps to Safe Routes to School:

    1. Assemble a Team

    Your SRTS team should start with anyone who is interested in increasing bicycling and walking to your school and community. The most important thing is to have a core team of people who are passionate about the work and who see opportunities for improvement.

    2. Assess the Situation

    Before you choose activities to implement, it’s important to understand existing behavior and attitudes in your school, look for barriers and opportunities for walking and bicycling to school, and see if there are existing policies or programs that support your work.

    3. Determine Your Vision and Goals

    A vision statement describes what your community will look like after you have achieved success. A vision statement is usually one to five sentences long and written in the present tense.

    4. Identify Action Steps (the Five E’s)

    For each goal, identify a number of action steps that will help you achieve the goal. The Five E’s:

    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Encouragement
    • Enforcement
    • Evaluation

    5. Evaluate Your Work

    It’s important to plan for evaluation from the beginning of your program. Take a look at each of your goals and determine the best way to measure each goal.

    6. Remember to Have Fun!

    While Safe Routes to School is challenging work, it’s important to remember to have fun in order to engage your community and celebrate your successes.


    Resources for planning your Safe Routes to School program:

    Updated Tuesday, November 04, 2014 at 12:59PM