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Minnesota Safe Routes to School Strategic Planning

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MnSRTS is updating its 2015 Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan.

Review Requested! MnSRTS Strategic Plan draft

After gathering your input via surveys, interviews, and the SRTS meetup, review the final draft of the Minnesota Safe Routes to School (MnSRTS) Strategic Plan Update.

Comments are due by end-of-day Wednesday, June 24.

The interactive online review tool allows people to easily comment on the draft plan. Click the "GET STARTED" button on the landing page for a brief tutorial on how to use the interactive comment tool.

If you would prefer to review the plan offline, that is also an option. Simply download the draft plan from the review tool and email your comments to dave.cowan@state.mn.us.

The Five-Year Strategic Plan will convey the vision, goals, strategies, and action steps for SRTS over the next 5 years. The strategic planning process consists of three phases:

  1. Confirm Opportunities and Challenges
  2. Evaluate and Prioritize Draft Strategies and Recommendations
  3. Plan Production

Phase 1: Confirm Opportunities and Challenges: Nov. 2019-Feb. 2020

Phase 1 of the strategic planning process began with a workshop on November 26, 2019 to gather feedback for the SRTS Strategic Plan Update from professionals who work on SRTS and related active transportation initiatives across the State of Minnesota. The purpose of the workshop was to identify what is working for SRTS, what needs to be improved, and what the goals and priorities for updates should be moving forward. Input was also gained from practitioners who joined the Statewide MnSRTS Network Calls. An online survey was conducted to validate early findings and to gather feedback about how we can improve Minnesota SRTS. Between February 2 and March 22, 2020, 282 people answered the survey.

Phase 2: Evaluate and Prioritize Draft Strategies and Recommendations: Feb.-Apr. 2020

Phase 2 took place from mid-February through mid-April, involved engaging with SRTS and active transportation stakeholders statewide, including SHIP Coordinators, MnDOT SRTS staff, RDCs/RDOs, MnDOT District Coordinators, SRTS school leaders, and other stakeholders. We engaged these stakeholders through small group discussion during the Statewide SRTS Virtual Meetup (over 100 people engaged in a 2-hour online activity) and conducted 38 interviews and 3 listening sessions with those who indicated they would like to share their thoughts, including MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota Department of Education.

Phase 3: Production of the draft and final Five-year Strategic Plan: Apr.-May 2020

The Five-Year Strategic Plan update will be complete by June 2020.