What Makes A Successful SRTS Program?
SRTS uses a comprehensive approach for finding ways to improve the walking and bicycling environment around schools for children. A successful program includes schools, community leaders, parents, and other state and local agencies who all work together to address the 5 “E”s:
Re-engineer walking and biking routes by addressing neighborhood-to-school connections (sidewalks, bike lanes, pathways, crosswalks, etc.) and traffic control measures near schools.
Law enforcement that addresses driver behavior is an important partner in successful Safe Routes to School programs. Increasing traffic enforcement near schools also improves driver awareness.
Encourage students and parents to participate in walking and biking to school by promoting activities such as walking school buses (adult-supervised walks to school), organized Walk to School Days and participation in contests.
Teach students how to walk and bike safely. Educate drivers on their responsibility to drive safely near schools and within neighborhoods. Increase everyone’s awareness of the health and community benefits of walking and biking to school.
After the program begins, careful monitoring will identify which strategies are working well.