Safe Routes to School Program Census

The Safe Routes Partnership kicked off the Safe Routes to School program census in early 2019. The goal of the census project is to identify as many Safe Routes to School programs in the United States (and beyond!) as possible. Currently, there is no directory that summarizes the Safe Routes to School programs in the country or provides basic information about how those programs operate.

Why are we conducting the Safe Routes to School program census? Safe Routes to School programs are not funded or regulated through a centralized process, and may be volunteer run or supported by local, regional, state, or federal funds. That means there is no easy way to know how many programs there are, where they are, or how many kids they are benefiting. Without this information, it is difficult to track trends and progress in the Safe Routes to School movement, or to provide targeted support and resources to local communities. By compiling this information, we will create a better picture of the state of Safe Routes to School programs. The project will enable us to identify regions and topics that need additional support, track changes over time, and provide better resources and data related to Safe Routes to School in the United States.

How can you participate? Click here to take the survey: https://www.tfaforms.com/4722281. We are looking for one entry from each Safe Routes to School program. What is a Safe Routes to School program? Any local, regional, or state initiative, by whatever name, funded or unfunded, that takes action focused on getting more kids walking and biking safely to and from school. If your initiative runs a walking school bus or provides bike education in schools, you are a Safe Routes to School program! 

What have we learned? Coming soon!

The Safe Routes to School program census has been developed with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey and contents of reports based on the survey are solely the position of the authors and do not represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.