6 E's of Safe Routes to School
Successful Safe Routes to School programs see remarkable changes in the way students and parents choose to travel to and from school when each of the “Six E’s” of Safe Routes to School are addressed. The Six E’s of Safe Routes to School include:
Encouragement – Using events and activities to promote walking and bicycling and to generate enthusiasm for the program with students, parents, staff and surrounding community.
Education – Teaching children and families about the range of transportation choices, instructing them in important lifelong bicycling and walking safety skills, including road sharing and safety campaigns in school neighborhood.
Enforcement – Partnering with local law enforcement to ensure that traffic laws are obeyed in the vicinity of schools for all road users and enhancing enforcement such as crossing guard programs and student safety patrols.
Engineering – Creating operational and physical improvements to the infrastructure surrounding schools that reduces speed and potential conflicts with motor vehicle traffic and makes walking and bicycling trips safer and more convenient.
Evaluation – Monitoring and documenting outcomes, attitudes and trends through the collection of data before and after activities and projects so modifacations can be made if needed.
Equity- The most effective SRTS programs involve and serve all demographic groups, with particular attention to ensuring safe, healthy, and fair outcomes for students with disabilities, low-income students, students of call nationalities and backgrounds, homeless students, and other demographic groups.