Safe Routes to School

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What are 'Safe Routes to School'?

Today, more than ever, we need to provide options that allow children to walk and bicycle to school safely.

Our communities struggle with traffic congestion around schools and motor vehicle emissions that pollute the environment. Meanwhile, our children engage in less physical activity than previous generations, which contributes to the growing epidemic of obesity.

At first glance, these problems seem to be separate issues, but Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs address all these challenges through a coordinated action plan.

SRTS programs use a variety of education, engineering, and enforcement strategies to help make routes safer for children to walk and bicycle to school, along with encouragement strategies to entice more children to walk and bike. The programs empower communities to make walking and bicycling to school safe and routine. SRTS programs receive federal funding and NCDOT distributes these funds to schools, governments, and other organizations through a competitive process.

In November 2007, the Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization passed a resolution  indicating its support of the SRTS program.

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