About Safe Routes to School
Walking and bicycling to school was once the way most students arrived at school, but that has since changed dramatically. Minnesota Safe Routes to School projects and programs aim to make it safer and easier for students to walk and bicycle to school.
In order to increase opportunities for children to walk and bicycle to school safely, the 2005 federal transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU, provided funding for Safe Routes to School in all 50 states. The federal Legislature created SRTS, in part, to help reverse the alarming nationwide increase in childhood obesity and inactivity. The program has numerous benefits to local communities including reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and helping kids arrive to school focused and ready to learn.
In 2013, the state legislature allocated $250,000 per year for Safe Routes to School non-infrastructure programs. In 2014, the state legislature allocated $1 million per year to the SRTS infrastructure grant program and increased the non-infrastructure funds to $500,000 per year.
Elevating SRTS through partnerships
- SRTS Steering Committee includes 27 active members representing cities and counties, regional planning organizations, non-profit organizations, educators and health professionals
- Partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health and local agencies maximizes program reach and leverages resources
- The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota offers teacher trainings and technical assistance to schools. Sign up for fall teacher trainings, apply to host a teacher training, or request technical assistance at http://www.bikemn.org/education.