Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is all about creating safe, convenient, and fun opportunities to bicycle, walk, scoot and skate to and from school. This is important for the health and safety of our kids and the community.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs often start with encouragement programs to get people to try walking or biking to school. Starting with a simple fun event that builds interest and enthusiasm will attract attention and support for more activities, more people and ultimately, behaviour change.
As a parent, you may want to consult this flyer from ODOT to determine if your child is ready to travel to school on their own.
Ready to Start? Check our brochure and hints below.
Talk to your principal: Identify interested staff, parents, community members. Hint: talking points.
Start Small: Post an article promoting walking and biking in your newsletter.
Invite others to join you. Hint: friends, neighbors, sample school team.
Map and post route/times. Hint: google maps + pre walk route and record times, making maps.
Host a Walking School Bus. Hint: start with one to measure interest.
Celebrate and share success Hint: invite and share story with press, school board and others, sample press release.