Safe Routes to School

Priority Populations
Report
Safe Routes to School:
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. 

Working With Your School District Board to Support Healthy, Active Students

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.

Fact Sheet, Case Study
Integrating Safe Walking and Bicycling to School into Comprehensive Planning

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

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School: A Regional Government Primer for Practitioners

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. 

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School in Small Rural Communities
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. 

Report, Case Study
The Second Wave:
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.

Webinar
Maximizing Statewide Impact of Safe Routes to School
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.

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School: A Primer for Regional Governments

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. 

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School Meets Safe Routes to Parks

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.

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School:
Helping Communities Save Lives and Dollars

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

Fact Sheet
Healthy Students, Thriving Districts
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.

Fact Sheet
Making Our Communities Healthy Through Bicycling and Walking

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.

Report, Case Study
Communities Putting Prevention to Work:
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. 

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School and Childhood Obesity:
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. 

Report
Safe Routes to School 2009 Policy 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. 

Webinar
How and Why to be a Safe Routes to School Policy Advocate

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

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School: A Primer for School Boards and Principals

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.

Fact Sheet
The Role of MPOs in Advancing Safe Routes to School through the Transportation Alternatives Program

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. 

Fact Sheet
Working Together to Advance Safe Routes to School

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 Partnership. 

Report
Buses, Boots and Bicycles:
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. 

Report
A Framework for GIS and Safe Routes to School

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. 

Report
Safe Routes to School and Traffic Pollution:
Get Children Moving and Reduce Exposure to Unhealthy Air

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

Fact Sheet
Making Our Communities Healthy Through Biking and Walking

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.

Toolkit
Toolkit for Engaging Congress in Safe Routes to School

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

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School: A Primer for Understanding the Role of 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. Watch an audio-visual recording here. View Powerpoint slides: Gabe Graff, City of Portland- slides; Nancy Nichols, City of Fort Collins - slides.

Toolkit
Safe Routes to School and Student Leaders:
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!

Toolkit, Model Policy, Case Study
Getting Students Active through Safe Routes to School:
Policies and Action Steps for Education Policymakers and Professionals

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

Fact Sheet
Using Safe Routes to School to Combat the Threat of Violence

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.

Fact Sheet, Case Study
Safe Routes to School:
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.

Fact Sheet, Evaluation
Safe Routes to School Federal Program:
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

Fact Sheet
Safety and Health for All Ages
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. 

Toolkit
Bicycle and Pedestrian Curricula Guide:
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. 

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School: A Primer to Understanding the Role of Governors and State Agency Leaders

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.

Report
At the Intersection of Active Transportation and Equity
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. 

Toolkit, Case Study
Implementing Safe Routes to School in Low-Income Schools and Communities:
A Resource Guide for Volunteers and Professionals

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

Fact Sheet, Case Study
Safe Routes to School:
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.

Fact Sheet, Case Study
Safe Routes to School:
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

Model Policy
Southern California Safe Routes to School Regional Network
2012-2013 Active Transportation Platform

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

Model Policy
Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook

This 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. 

Model Policy
Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide

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. 

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School: A Primer to Understanding the Role of 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.

Report
Taking Back the Streets and Sidewalks
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. 

Evaluation, Report
Safe Routes to School Local School Project 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.

Webinar
Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School
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.

Fact Sheet, Case Study
Safe Routes to School:
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.

Report, Case Study
Safe Routes to School State Network Project Final Report, 2010-2011:
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. 

Fact Sheet
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.

Fact Sheet
Cultivating Support for Safe Routes to School: A Guide to Building Relationships with School Board Members and Superintendents

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. 

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School: A Primer to Understanding the Role of School Boards and Principals

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.

Fact Sheet
Rural Communities: Making Safe Routes Work

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. 

Evaluation, Report
Safe Routes to School–Local School Project:
A health evaluation at 10 low-income schools

The Safe Routes 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.

Webinar
Maximizing the Local Impact of Safe Routes to School
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.

Fact Sheet
Safe Routes to School: A Primer for Governors and State Agency Leaders

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.

Report
Safe Routes to School by the Numbers
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.