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Safe Routes to School

Program Resources

The most effective Safe Routes to School programs include elements from the 5 Es:

  • Education
  • Encouragement
  • Evaluation
  • Engineering
  • Enforcement

Getting Started

Safe Routes to School Handbook

Not sure where to begin? 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.

Safe Routes to School Program Finder

Looking for a way to improve safe driving behavior near your school? Want to empower high school youth to make healthy transportation choices? Check out our interactive SRTS Program Finder tool to help you find the perfect program to meet your goals. You’ll find information on potential partners, an overview of what resources you’ll need to get started, and links to sample programs. More of a visual learner? Check out the Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement Programs presentation (PDF, 10.73 MB) for photos of model programs across the U.S.

Resource Scan and Action Plan

As you peruse the resources below, the Resource Scan Worksheet (PDF, 68 KB) can help you start thinking about potential partners and funding sources. Once you’ve decided on a program, fill out the Action Plan Worksheet (PDF, 71 KB) to help guide planning and implementation.

Education

Education is a key component of comprehensive SRTS programs. You may choose to focus on teaching students to safely and confidently walk and bicycle, educating parents on the health benefits of active transportation, or developing walk and bike to school route maps. You can develop a program based on a model from the Education Program Matrix (PDF, 331 KB) or create your own.

SRTS Curriculumwalk bike fun curriculum

The new Minnesota Walk! Bike! Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum (PDF, 6.73 MB) was developed by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota through a federal SRTS 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.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is offering free technical assistance for schools or youth organizations who want help starting a program using the Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum to teach kids safe walking and bicycling skills. Answer a few short questions identifying your needs in the request form: http://bikemn.org/education/walk-bike-fun/request-technical-assistance.

There are four communities hosting Walk! Bike! Fun! teacher trainings fall 2014 (St. Paul, Cottage Grove, Winona, Rochester and Moorhead). Registration will be open soon at www.bikemn.org. The class is open to any teacher or youth worker planning to use the curriculum. If you would like to apply to host a training in fall 2014 or spring 2015 please fill out the following application: http://bikemn.org/education/walk-bike-fun/host-a-training.

Walk and Bike to School Maps

Route maps help families identify the best way to walk and bicycle to school by identifying signs, signals, crosswalks, sidewalks, paths, crossing guard locations, and hazardous locations around a school. Watch the Walk and Bike to School Maps webinar for examples and an overview of what factors to consider as you develop a route map:

Ready to get started? Take a do it yourself approach with online tools like Map-a-Route or partner with district staff or community partners who have mapping and design expertise.

Encouragement

Golden sneaker contests, bike-to-school day events, district-wide contests: encouragement is definitely the most fun E. Check out the Encouragement Program Matrix (PDF, 331 KB) for ideas, then use the resources below to get started!

Walk and Bike to School Day Events

The Walk and Bike to School Day Events webinar provides an overview of sample programs and strategies to make your event a success:

Find more resources at WalkBiketoSchool.org and start planning for National Walk to School Day in October and National Bike to School Day in May.

Competitions and Trip Tracking

Competitions and contests reward students by tracking the number of times they walk, bike, carpool or take transit to school. Contests can be individual, classroom competitions, school wide, or between schools. Get ideas to kick-start your program with the Competitions and Trip Tracking webinar:

Marketing Toolkit

The online marketing toolkit is your quick-stop shop for spreading the word about Minnesota SRTS. 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 program and events. Just download, print and distribute. These are perfect for getting information and awareness about your SRTS 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)
Vertical Black and White Logo PDF (61 KB)

Enforcement

Many parents cite speeding cars or distracted drivers as primary concerns affecting whether they allow their child to walk or bicycle to school. Enforcement activities help increase compliance with traffic and parking laws, making the streets safer for all users. The Enforcement Program Matrix (PDF, 331 KB) gives an overview of successful enforcement activities schools have pursued as part of a SRTS program.

Evaluation

Evaluation helps you demonstrate the impact of your SRTS program. It’s important to begin your SRTS efforts with a baseline survey, in order to capture the full effect of your work. Learn more about the national SRTS evaluation resources and instructions on the Planning and Evaluation page.

Engineering

Many of our communities have not been designed to be safe and comfortable for people walking and bicycling. Walkability and bikeability audits can help identify areas around your school in need of upgrades like crosswalks, signals, or bike facilities. Once problem areas have been identified, communities can work with local governments to prioritize local funding for improvements or apply for funding through MnDOT’s SRTS grant process or other sources.

Additional Resources