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.
For more information:
- SRTS Program - NCDOT's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation explains what kinds of grants are available, the eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
- Steps to Creating a Safe Routes to School Program - From the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
- Safe Routes to School National Partnership - Resources, meetings, and events.
- Federal Highway Administration - SRTS information.