Safe Routes to School: Putting Traffic Safety First

How Safe Routes to School Initiatives Protect Children Walking and Bicycling

The Safe Routes Partnership has released a new national report showing how SRTS programs can be harnessed to keep children safe from traffic dangers while walking and bicycling to school. 

The report explores the approaches five different communities used through SRTS to create safer environments for children walking and bicycling. The five communities (Santa Rosa, CA; Miami-Dade County, FL; state of ME; Springfield, MO; and Portland, OR) each demonstrate how Safe Routes to School evaluation, education, encouragement, enforcement, and engineering can address traffic safety concerns. Many of these safety improvements are made at relatively low costs to communities and schools, yet have profound effects on keeping children safe while also improving physical health and the environment.

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