Safe Routes to School

Encouraging Children and Community Members to Walk, Bike, and Roll

SRDC is a key partner in the Minnesota Safe Routes to School program. We work with local Safe Routes to School (SRTS) teams, local leaders, and school personnel to develop SRTS plans for communities within the nine-county region and we assist schools and communities in getting grants and financing to implement these plans. SRTS programs encourage children and community members to walk, bike, and roll more often. Some of the positive outcomes from this work include reduced traffic congestion, better air quality, increased social interactions, and an overall healthier community.

Completing the plans for Safe Routes to School is only the first step for communities. Our staff assists communities in pursuing their priority goals in several ways. We provide assistance in grant writing, technical assistance, recruiting SRTS team members, connecting communities with resources, providing research and data analysis, and much more.

Crossing Guards in Tyler MN
Parent walking student to school

Planning, Infrastructure, or Program Grants

Across the state, more than 500 schools have received funding through the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for planning, infrastructure, or program grants, and more than 4.5 million people across Minnesota have been impacted by SHIP active living efforts, a complimentary planning effort often combined with SRTS planning.

Recent Safe Routes to School Plans

Adrian Public Schools
Adrian (2022) View Plan | View Visual Summary

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (RTR) Schools
Tyler (2021) View Plan | View Visual Summary  | View Tyler SRTS Maps

Jackson County Central (JCC) Schools
Jackson (2021) View Plan | View Visual Summary

Lakefield Schools
Lakefield (2021) View Plan | View Visual Summary

Learn More About Safe Routes to School

To view the interactive map of all completed Safe Routes to School projects in the region and across Minnesota, visit MnDOT’s Visualizing SRTS Map. Visit MnDOT’s Safe Routes to School Website for more information and to view SRTS grant and funding opportunities. Visit the Safe Routes to School Partnerships State Report Card for a snapshot of each state’s efforts.

SRDC is here to support your community!

SRTS planning is important for communities who wish to seek project/infrastructure resources. SRDC is here to support your community with SRTS applications, planning, and implementation efforts.

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