What is Safe Routes to School?
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) helps children walk and bike to school more often through infrastructure improvements, education and promotional activities. SRTS is more than just a program, it is a comprehensive strategy to instill life-long habits that support physical activity and health. Walking and biking to school helps families stay active and healthy, and kids arrive focused and ready to learn. A comprehensive and effective SRTS initiative can help create a healthier community for generations to come.
Who is involved?
A task-force of local stakeholders partners to create a Safe Routes to School Plan, such as:
- Local Public and Private Schools
- County Staff
- City Staff
- Community Education
- Local Public Health
- Law Enforcement
- Minnesota Department of Transportation
- Region Nine Development Commission (RNDC)
- Engaged Community Members
What is the planning process?
RNDC is contracted to provide the technical assistance in creating the plan. The first step is the development of a vision statement and a discussion of concerns and barriers for walking and biking to school. After the initial meeting, the planning process is conducted in three phases.
Complete a community assessment of the current conditions of walking and biking to school. This includes parent surveys and observations of arrival and dismissals at the schools.
Compiling of strategies and recommendations based on the results of the community assessment.
Compiling and adapting of the Safe Routes to School Plan. Once adopted, the implementation of the strategies and recommendations identified in the plan can begin.