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Success Stories

Schools and communities across Minnesota have successful SRTS programs. Sharing their stories can provide ideas for your own program while also recognizing the hard work and effort across the state to make SRTS successful.

This page will highlight successes from across the state. Check back periodically for more stories. You can also share ideas and success stories with us to share by emailing saferoutes.dot@state.mn.us.


Lincoln Elementary, Alexandria

Photo taken before the Lincoln Elementary project was started.At a Glance: This project includes sidewalk, street light, and crosswalk improvements for students (including those with disabilities) walking to and from Lincoln Elementary and nearby parks. The project was identified in a Safe Routes to School plan completed the year before and the SRTS program at the school is a partnership between the schools, city, and local public health. The school had a non-infrastructure grant to implement programs from 2012-2014.

Federal Funding: $268,432

Results: This project moved Alexandria one step closer towards implementation of their SRTS plan. The project made it easier to implement SRTS programs (walking events and walking maps at the school which they began in 2012) and their programs have continued to this day.


City-wide, City of Minneapolis Public Works

At a Glance: The original intent was to create and distribute walking maps to the community, focusing on neighborhoods with crime and personal safety issues and help focus other improvements such as signing, pavement marking, and other route improvements. The project evolved into a city-wide process with public input that identifies prioritized walking routes for Minneapolis students.

Federal Funding: $62,000

Results: The map was completed in 2014 and distributed to schools, park buildings and made available online as an interactive map. The map led to success in applying for infrastructure funding since priorities for improvements were identified. Public works uses the tool to make improvements in key areas when non-SRTS projects are happening. The school district SRTS coordinator also uses the tool to develop walking schools buses and bus stop and walk programs.


Esko (Thompson Township)

At a Glance: This project included design and construction of a 10 foot wide trail in a small town of 1,800. The trail will provide a connection to Esko Schools for a large residential area situated along a four-lane state highway. The community identified the trail in their SRTS plan and has an active SRTS program. Nearly half of the students live within two miles from school.

Trail that was built in Esko

Federal Funding: $243,211

Results: In 2013, the school celebrated walk to school day and had a trail dedication celebrating the new trail with nearly 100 people in attendance. In 2014, they began updating their 2010 SRTS plan since many of the goals around engineering and programs in the action plan had been met. A new plan will be complete in 2015.