Cultivating Support for Safe Routes to School

A Guide to Building Relationships with School Board Members and Superintendents

This fact sheet provides an overview of why it is important to engage school district leaders in Safe Routes to School and the results that can be achieved through a strong partnership.

Many people who work on getting children safely to school by bicycling and walking begin by creating Safe Routes to School programs at schools. Stakeholders may develop Bike to School Day events or may establish walking school buses. But to create larger and longer term effects, it eventually becomes necessary to work at the district level, and that means working with the school board and superintendent. When school boards voice their commitment to Safe Routes to School and work toward district level policies and procedures that support walking and bicycling, that can create the changes that integrate Safe Routes to School permanently throughout a district.

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