Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School policies and programs are among the most
Examples of Local Policies popular HEAL interventions. The most basic plans call for mapping out a route between residential neighborhoods and local schools, and organizing bike caravans or virtual caravans (children on foot) at the beginning and end of the school day. More ambitious policies seek to streamline the route, install signage, remove hazards, or make physical improvements to the pathway.

Safe Routes to School program. Albany, Oregon.

City of Corvallis Safe Routes to School program.

Safe Routes to School program developed at Roosevelt Middle School. Eugene, Oregon.

 

Resources

Safe Routes to School Resources for Rural Communities. Oregon Safe Routes to School. Four factsheets to help rural families enjoy bicycling and walking on those lovely calm streets, while assisting in developing strategies for overcoming the challenges that may be there too.

Safety-based prioritization of schools for Safe Routes to School infrastructure: A process for transportation officials. National Center for Safe Routes to School. This document describes a straightforward way to identify the schools and specific locations that have the greatest need for pedestrian infrastructure improvements.

Getting More Students to Walk and Bicycle: Four Elements of Successful Programs. National Center for Safe Routes to School. This document pares down a study, Shifting Modes: A Comparative Analysis of Safe Routes to School Program Elements and Travel Mode Outcomes, to highlight the practical factors that allow practitioners to increase student participation in walking and bicycling to school.