Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes planning process

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This map shows 101 communities in Minnesota since 2006 who have completed or are currently completing a Safe Routes to School plan.

SRTS plans are comprehensive school travel plans created for schools to evaluate existing conditions and make an action plan for future work. Some plans focus on one school, while others focus on a school district.

The planning process begins by working with the local SRTS team to evaluate conditions through walking audits, parent surveys and hand tallies. At the end of the planning process an action plan is developed to guide the SRTS work at the school. The action plan includes long and short term goals, and includes implementation goals of infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

Another key piece of the planning process is outreach to stakeholders throughout the school year; including parents, students, teachers and other local partners.

MnDOT funds planning work at schools across Minnesota. These plans are completed by Regional Development Commissions or in areas without an RDC, by a planning consultant hired by MnDOT. Many communities have also done variations of this planning work or worked with other funding sources to do this work.

Examples of SRTS plans completed by Regional Development Commissions can be found online:

Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission

Region Nine Development Commission- Mankato Area Public Schools

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission- SRTS plans on right side of page


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