SRTS programs help kids get more physical activity. Children are recommended to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day. A 15-minute trip one-way helps children to meet that goal. Students Arrive ready to learn
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) helps kids walk and bicycle to school more often through infrastructure improvements, education, and promotional activities. SRTS is more than just a program; it is a comprehensive strategy to instill life-long habits that support physical activity and health. SRTS Planning Grants are awarded from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn DOT) to identify and address the unique safety concerns on and around the school and community for students (and residents) walking and biking.
The planning process starts with a thorough evaluation…
Evaluation: study the current conditions so we understand what opportunities and barriers there are.
Education: educate about the benefits of walking and bicycling, impart safety skills, create community awareness, and foster life-long habitsof active living.
Encouragement: build programs and policy around encouraging an active lifestyle.
Enforcement: partner with law enforcement to target problem areas, increases awareness for pedestrians and bicyclists, and improve driver behavior through community education programs.
Engineering: create safer conditions for walking and bicycling, implement physical improvements that make it more attractive to walk and bicycle, and influence the way people behave in the street network.
Evaluation: Determines if the program is making a difference.
- Make bicycling and walking safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.
Facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the community.