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Safe Routes to School

Toolkit and resources

Minnesota Safe Routes to School State Network

The Minnesota SRTS Network works to ensure the success of the federal SRTS program and to institutionalize the SRTS program at the state level. The primary strategy to build support is to provide the opportunity for those working on SRTS across the state to connect with each other. The MN SRTS Network calls incorporate updates for state agencies supporting SRTS initiatives (MnDOT and MN Department of Health) and successes and challenges from local SRTS initiatives. Participants working at the local level are able to solicit input from colleagues from across the state and share lessons learned.

To receive information about the MN SRTS Network, contact Jill Chamberlain at jill_n_chamberlain@bluecrossmn.com or 651-662-2192. The conference calls are the third Thursday each month; 9-10 a.m. Call in to 1-866-635-8513. Use code: 6516622192.

National Safe Routes to School evaluation resources and instructions

  • Hand tally detailed instructions (PDF) — Contains detailed instructions and information on how to complete hand tallies at your school.
  • Hand tally worksheet (PDF) — This sheet is used to count the number of students and their transportation mode choices as they travel to and from school. It is meant to be used by teachers and volunteers and is quick and easy to use. Each count takes about five minutes at the beginning of the day and is done for 2-3 days.

Education and Encouragement Program

Learn how to select the right program to meet your needs. View the Education and Encouragement Programs presentation (PDF, 8 MB). Follow along and read details about each program in the program matrix (PDF, 353 KB). Use the resource scan worksheet (PDF, 71 KB) and action plan worksheet (PDF, 74 KB) and the Interactive Program Finder to determine which program to implement based on your problem statement and available resources.

Safe Routes to School Handbook

The Safe Routes to School Handbook (PDF, 1 MB), developed in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, provides an overview of how to get started on SRTS in your community. Applicants for SRTS funding are strongly encouraged to follow the handbook steps or a similar SRTS planning process.

SRTS Neighbohood Assessment

Communities should use the SRTS Neighborhood Assessment to evaluate and summarize the current conditions that impact youth’s ability to walk and bicycle to school safely. Data from the evaluations will be stored and tracked by MnDOT to develop a better understanding of statewide conditions for youth walking and bicycling to school.

SRTS Neighborhood Assessments are required for all SRTS plans funded by MnDOT and are strongly encouraged for all communities working to support SRTS. To use the assessment tool, first review and complete the SRTS Neighborhood Assessment Guide (PDF, 2.88 MB) and then complete the SRTS Assessment Tool online survey to record and submit answers.

SRTS Curriculum

The new Minnesota Walk! Bike! Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum was developed by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota through a federal Safe Routes to School grant provided by MnDOT and in collaboration with the Center for Prevention
at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

This two-part curriculum is designed specifically for Minnesota’s schools and is structured to meet Minnesota education standards. Walk! Bike! Fun! will help children ages five to thirteen develop life-long skills through fun classroom activities and on-foot and on-bike skills practice. Students will learn traffic rules and regulations, the potential hazards to traveling, and handling skills needed to bike and walk effectively, appropriately and safely through their community.

National SRTS links

Minnesota-related SRTS links

Marketing toolkit

The online marketing toolkit is your quick-stop shop for spreading the word about Minnesota Safe Routes to School. It’s an easy way to get kids moving, parents informed, and the neighborhood excited! Here you’ll find ready-to-print and customizable posters, flyers, and many more essential materials to promote your Safe Routes program and events. Just download, print and distribute. These are perfect for getting information and awareness about your Safe Routes program around quickly.

Poster: 8-1/2 x 11
PDF (11.8 MB)
Poster: 11 x 17
PDF (24.3 MB)
Brochure
PDF (2.6 MB)
Trifold (smaller version of brochure)
PDF (1 MB)
Backpack Flyer
PDF (1.6 MB)
Punch Card
PDF (610 KB)
Logo Sticker Labels
PDF (1.7 MB)
Horizontal Color Logo PDF (65 KB)
Vertical Color Logo PDF (67 KB)
Horizontal Black and White Logo PDF (60 KB)
Vertial Black and White Logo PDF (61 KB)