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Safe Routes to School

About Safe Routes to School

SRTS programs improve safety, reduce traffic and improve air quality near schools through a multidisciplinary approach that is structured around the 6 E’s.


Evaluation helps understand the underlying issues that need to be addressed and understanding how the projects and programs of each of the other five “E’s” can be most effective.


Classes and activities that teach children (and their parents) bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety skills, the benefits of bicycling and walking, the best routes to get to school, and the positive impacts these activities have on personal health and the environment.


Events and activities that spark interest in both parents and students in walking and biking to school. Encouragement programs reward participation, build excitement about walking and biking, and inform children and adults about the personal and community benefits of walking to school.


Equity ensures that SRTS initiatives benefit all demographic groups, with additional attention toward addressing barriers and ensuring safe and healthy outcomes for lower-income students, students of color, and others that face significant disparities.


Strategies to deter unsafe behavior of drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians and to encourage all road users to obey traffic laws and share the road safely around schools.


Infrastructure improvements (signage, crosswalks, signals, etc) designed to improve the safety of people walking, bicycling, and driving along school routes.

Minnesota Safe Routes to School vision

The MnSRTS vision and value statements below were developed in collaboration with statewide partners during the development of a strategic plan (PDF) that guides the Safe Routes to School program in Minnesota.


Minnesota is a state where all students can walk and bicycle on routes that are safe, comfortable, and convenient.

Value statements

Minnesotans value:

  • giving all students the opportunity to walk and bicycle--no matter their race, ethnicity, income level, age, ability or geographic location.
  • the health, academic, community, environmental, and independence-building benefits of walking and bicycling.
  • safe walking and bicycling routes that are maintained for use in all four seasons.
  • working together to make walking and bicycling an easy choice for students.
  • transportation and land use policies, programs and plans that encourage close proximity of schools, residences and other youth-friendly destinations.

Minnesota Safe Routes to School steering committee

Minnesota Safe Routes to School combines the expertise of multiple state agencies together with national and local partners to provide the resources needed to support walking and biking to school.

SRTS Steering Committee includes members representing cities and counties, regional planning organizations, non-profit organizations, educators and health professionals, and statewide agencies and organizations.

  • MN Department of Education
  • MN Department of Health
  • MN Department of Transportation
  • Center for Prevention at Blue Cross
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Regional Development Commissions
  • American Heart Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
  • Allina Health
  • Anoka Public Schools
  • Minnesota Safety Council
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Quality Bicycle Products