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Safe Routes to School

What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes Minnesota provides funding and resources to community and school groups to support students walking and biking to school. Learn more about SRTS.


SRTS grant eligibility changes

This Spring, the Minnesota state legislature made changes to the eligibility requirements (DOCX 62KB) for Safe Routes to School grants using state funds. Please read this information if you plan to apply for future SRTS grant solicitations. Communities may wish to begin preparing now to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements if they plan to apply for grants this fall or in future funding years. It applies to all future state SRTS grants but not federal SRTS grants. (The infrastructure grant this Fall uses federal funds.)

Draft SRTS strategic plan

Check out the draft SRTS strategic plan (PDF) and fill out this survey to weigh in on SRTS program priorities. How did it come about? Beginning in the fall of 2014, MnDOT convened a diverse group of stakeholders from agencies and organizations around the state to develop a Minnesota SRTS Strategic Plan. Participants included representatives from Minnesota State departments of health, transportation, and education; city and county government; regional development commissions; public safety; traffic safety; schools and school districts; non-profits; and health organizations. Working through four interactive workshops and a series of online surveys between November 2014 and February 2015, the strategic planning participants developed a vision and value statements for the state SRTS program, and 5-year goals, strategies, and action steps. The plan includes approaches to public outreach, marketing, and education for SRTS initiatives throughout the state of Minnesota, as well as strategies for developing and implementing SRTS plans and programs. Survey/comments deadline: July 31, 2015.

2016-2017 SRTS programs and grants funding

Visit our grants page to learn more about SRTS funding opportunities for 2016-2017.

MnSRTS Resource Center

Coming soon! MnSRTS Resource Center will launch this summer. During the strategic planning process, MnDOT began work with our partners on a new statewide resource center for Safe Routes to School. Watch for updates throughout the summer as we get ready to launch the resource center. Highlights from the resource center:

  • A one-stop shop for Minnesota specific resources
  • Information on getting started and local contacts for SRTS work in your area
  • New resources on funding, crossing guards, model policies, and more