Safe Routes to School

Priority Populations
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    2016     Report
    Using Data to Foster Walking and Biking to School

    This report offers insights into how newly expanding access to data can assist in improving walking and biking programs, provides an overview of the current state of data access and its limitations, and highlights case studies of communities and organizations using data to make walking and bicycling programs and policies function more effectively.

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    2015     Fact Sheet

    Communities are working on many strategies to make it easier and safer for people to be physically active. One important place for collaboration and advocacy is around making sure that people can safely walk and bicycle to parks – an approach known as safe routes to parks.

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    2015     Fact Sheet

    This brief profiles four MPOs, each of which used a thoughtful and innovative approach to TAP that was ultimately beneficial to the safety of children and families on the trip to and from school. 

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    2015     Toolkit
    Facilitator’s Guide to Engaging Middle School Youth

    This guide offers practical tools for adult facilitators to support middle school students in the promotion of safe walking, bicycling, and public transit use to and from school. Student-led campaigns can generate enthusiasm and improve the social conditions for a Safe Routes to School program!

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    2015     Report
    Joining Forces to Make Communities Healthier and Fairer

    This report explores the complexities of equitable active transportation and the issues that arise at the junction of efforts to advance walking and bicycling and work to increase health, fairness, and opportunity for low-income communities and communities of color. 

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    2015     Report
    How Safe Routes to School and Community Safety Initiatives Can Overcome Violence and Crime

    This report provides a primer for Safe Routes to School professionals looking to address community safety threats that may discourage or endanger students walking or bicycling to school. 

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    2015     Fact Sheet

    In over 17,000 schools around the country, these programs are making it easier and safer for students to be healthy by walking or bicycling to school. 

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    2016     Fact Sheet
    Challenges and Strategies to Accessing Funding

    This infobrief describes state outreach, technical assistance, and partnership approaches that support rural communities and highlights two communities that have successfully used federal funds to improve safety and accessibility for walking and bicycling. 

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    2015     Fact Sheet
    A Review of the Research

    The rate of childhood obesity has increased four-fold over the past forty years, leading to serious health risks for children. 

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    2014     Fact Sheet

    This fact sheet provides an overview of how Safe Routes to School programs can help improve health and phsyical activity in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

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    Safe Routes to School in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities

    As the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S., Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have a key stake in the transformation of American streets. 

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    2014     Model Policy

    This interactive tool is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement district policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes to School programs. 

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    2014     Fact Sheet
    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.

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    2014    

    This checklist offers questions and actions to consider when preparing to work with your school board in support of Safe Routes to School, whether through official board policies, revised procedures, or other approaches.

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    2014     Fact Sheet
    Including Safe Routes to School in District Policies

    One of the best ways to make sure that walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School programs are vigorous and sustained over time in your district is to include these programs in school district policies.

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    2014     Report
    Exploring Collaboration Between Safe Routes to School and School Busing Professionals to Get Children to School Safely and Healthily

    Student transportation departments have the potential to focus on more than just busing students to school. 

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    2014     Fact Sheet

    In some communities, the danger of violence and crime discourages children from walking to school and keeps people off the street, limiting physical activity and restricting errands and trips. Using a framework known as the “Six E’s,” we identify specific kinds of actions that can combat violence and support Safe Routes to School.

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    2013     Fact Sheet, Case Study
    A Primer for Municipal Transportation Departments

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing City Involvement in Safe Routes to School: Educating Municipal Transportation Departments" that took place on June 20, 2013.

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    2013     Webinar
    Educating School District Transportation Departments

    Student transportation departments spend their days working to get students safely to and from school, but historically have focused on busing and driving. Safe Routes to School can easily support district transportation departments in identifying ways to safely get children active while commuting to school, while decreasing traffic congestion.

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    2013     Webinar
    Educating Local Elected Officials

    There are a variety of approaches to educating and engaging local elected officials as a part of your community’s Safe Routes to School movement.

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    2013     Webinar
    Educating Governors and State Agency Leaders

    The complexities of engaging and educating your governor and state agency leaders on the benefits of policies and funding that support Safe Routes to School can feel daunting, but may be easier than you imagine.

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    2013     Webinar

    Learn tips for advocating for policies that support Safe Routes to School.

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    2012     Toolkit

    A toolkit for planning site visits and member meetings to build congressional champions for Safe Routes to School.

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    2012     Toolkit
    Making the Case for Bicycle and Pedestrian Youth Education

    This guide, created through a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is intended to give Safe Routes to School practitioners, teachers, school administrators and others the necessary background information to fully understand the positive benefits of teaching bicycle and pedestrian education in the classroom. 

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    2012     Model Policy

    The Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide was published to help local communities and schools create, enact and implement policies which will support active and healthy community environments that encourage safe walking and bicycling and physical activity by children through a Health in All Policies approach. 

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    2014     Fact Sheet

    When children get to and from school by walking or bicycling, there are benefits for their health, physical activity levels, and academic achievement. However, sometimes school board members and superintendents don’t understand why walking and bicycling is relevant to their mission. 

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    2014     Fact Sheet, Case Study

    This fact sheet illustrates how to include walking and biking into comprehensive plans. 

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    2014     Fact Sheet

    The number of children who bicycle or walk to school in the United States has plummeted, due to a combination of concerns about safety, access, and a lack of infrastructure, particularly in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

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    2013     Report

    As Safe Routes to School programs have increased across the country, a clear need for better data management at the national level has become apparent. 

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    2013     Fact Sheet, Case Study
    A Primer for Student Transportation Departments

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating School District Transportation Departments" that took place on April 18, 2013.

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    2013     Fact Sheet, Case Study
    A Primer for Local Elected Officials

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing the Local Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating Local Elected Officials" that took place on March 21, 2013

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    2013     Fact Sheet, Case Study
    A Primer for Understanding the Role of Student Transportation Departments

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating School District Transportation Departments" that took place on April 18, 2013.

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    2013     Fact Sheet

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing Statewide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating Governors and State Agency Leaders" that took place on February 21, 2013.

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    2013     Fact Sheet

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "New Funding, New Partners, New Game 201: How to Build Safe Routes to School into Regional Governments" that took place on January 10, 2013. 

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    2013     Fact Sheet

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating School District Transportation Departments" that took place on April 18, 2013.

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    2013     Fact Sheet

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing City Involvement in Safe Routes to School: Educating Municipal Transportation Departments" that took place on June 20, 2013. Watch an audio-visual recording here. View Powerpoint slides: Gabe Graff, City of Portland- slides; Nancy Nichols, City of Fort Collins - slides.

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    2013     Fact Sheet

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing Statewide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating Governors and State Agency Leaders" that took place on February 21, 2013.

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    2013     Fact Sheet

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing the Local Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating Local Elected Officials" that took place on March 21, 2013.

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    2013     Fact Sheet

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating  Principals and School Boards that took place on May 16, 2013.

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    2013     Fact Sheet

    These action briefs are a companion to the webinar "New Funding, New Partners, New Game 201: How to Build Safe Routes to School into Regional Governments" that took place on January 10, 2013. 

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    2013     Report, Case Study
    Advancing Safe Routes to School at the County Level

    In 2009, 50 communities across the country were selected to participate in Communities Putting Prevention to Work , a stimulus-funded project that worked at the county-level to increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living through policy, systems and environmental changes. 

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    2012     Report
    Get Children Moving and Reduce Exposure to Unhealthy Air

    The National Partnership produced this air quality resource guide with Consulting for Health, Air, Nature, & a Greener Environment, LLC (CHANGE). 

  • 2012     Fact Sheet, Evaluation
    Third Quarter 2012 State of the States Report

    This chart details each state’s progress on implementing the federal Safe Routes to School program. All dollar figures cited are as of June 30, 2012

  • 2012     Model Policy
    2012-2013 Active Transportation Platform

    This resource is a policy statement that describes the goals of the Southern California Safe Routes to School Network.

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    2011     Report, Case Study
    Phase II - Successes and Lessons Learned

    This report includes policy successes, lessons learned and local success stories that were a result of policy changes led by the 20 state network coalitions. 

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    2011     Report
    Helping Communities Save Lives and Dollars

    The report, focused on selling Safe Routes to School in tough economic times, shares new data, dollar figures and facts about the wide-ranging benefits of the federal Safe Routes to School program and illustrates them with local success stories. 

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    2011     Fact Sheet
    Helping Communities Save Lives and Dollars

    This fact sheet contains excerpts from the report "Safe Routes to School: Helping Communities Save Lives and Dollars." 

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    2010     Fact Sheet

    This 2-page document describes the main national organizations and entities supporting and advancing Safe Routes to School - Federal Highway Administration, state departments of transportation, National Center for Safe Routes to School and Safe Routes to School National Partnership. 

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    2010     Toolkit, Model Policy, Case Study
    Policies and Action Steps for Education Policymakers and Professionals

    The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has developed an Educator's Guide for getting students active through Safe Routes to School. 

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    2010     Toolkit, Case Study
    A Resource Guide for Volunteers and Professionals

    The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has developed a Low-Income Guide for assisting volunteers and professionals with implementing Safe Routes to School in low-income schools and communities. 

  • 2010     Evaluation, Report

    This report presents the results, lessons learned and recommendations identified during the Project’s 20-month period. The Project involved a review of the relevant literature, development of a logic model, design and implementation of data collection tools, analysis of findings, and establishment of conclusions and recommendations.

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    2010     Evaluation, Report
    A health evaluation at 10 low-income schools

    The Safe Routes to School National Partnership in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center and PPH Partners, released the report, Safe Routes to School - Local School Project: A health evaluation at 10 low-income schools. This comprehensive report analyzes the ten schools from the Local School Project.

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    2010     Report, Case Study
    State Network Policy Changes in 20 States

    This report describes the strategies, partners, successes and lessons learned from the Safe Routes to School state network project in 20 states during 2010.

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    2009     Report
    Moving to the Future: Building on Early Achievements

    This report gives some background information on Safe Routes to School and details challenges and opportunities in program implementation.