Route maps help families identify the best way to walk and bicycle to school by identifying signs, signals, crosswalks, sidewalks, paths, crossing guard locations, and hazardous locations around a school. Ideally, these maps are communicated to parents from school administration, transportation and teachers and staff. The tools below can support the development of maps for your community.
In 2017, the Minnesota Safe Routes to School resource center finalized the Guide to Pedestrian and Bicycling Maps that effectively walks the user through the creation of route maps and arrival/dismissal maps for schools.
The guide is intended for people who are interested in developing SRTS maps but don't have previous map making experience or access to sophisticated map making tools. It describes the different types of maps you can create to support your SRTS program, with a focus on pedestrian and bicycling route maps and arrival and dismissal maps. It then provides step-by-step instructions for how to build SRTS maps using widely available programs such as Google My Maps and Microsoft PowerPoint. Download the new Mapping Guide here.
Watch the Walk and Bike to School Maps webinar for examples and an overview of what factors to consider as you develop a route map:
Additional Mapping Resources:
Federally funded Safe Routes to School Projects Interactive Map - interactive map depicting federally funded Safe Routes to School projects across the United States.<Tips for creating Walking and Bicycling Route Maps - information and tips on how to create valuable walking and biking to school maps.
At a Glance: Minneapolis Public Schools and the City of Minneapolis have a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program that has included several planning initiatives. In 2007, a task force was created to develop the Minneapolis Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan. Since the strategic plan was developed, schools and the city have completed programmatic activities as well. In 2012, the City developed a Walking Routes for Youth map that analyzed and recommended walking routes to every school in Minneapolis. The walking map also allows the City to prioritize where it will make improvements during other city road projects and which projects they submit for grant funding.
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-Safe Routes to School projects are happening. The school district Safe Routes to School coordinator also uses the tool to develop walking schools buses and bus stop and walk programs.