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Safe Routes to School Resource Index

The Minnesota Safe Routes to School Online Resource Center is a one-stop shop for tools and resources to assist with Safe Routes to School efforts. This page contains a variety of tip sheets, guides and other resources in the following categories:

  • Start here [video link] – How to start a SRTS program at your school
  • Overview of SRTS Poster [.pdf, English and Spanish versions] – High-level overview of SRTS and the 5 E’s
  • Benefits of Safe Routes to School [.pdf] - A poster describing the benefits of SRTS programs in areas including climate benefits, safety, and health
  • MnSRTS 101 [.ppt] - a PowerPoint presentation outlining the basics of Safe Routes to School. Includes speaker notes so you can present to your target audience!
  • Building Blocks: A Guide to Starting and Growing  a Strong SRTS Program  [link] – This toolkit will take you step by step through how to start a program, how to get your school and city on board, and how to make your program stronger over time
  • Safe Routes to School and Health [.pdf] - physical activity benefits of Safe Routes to School and strategies for measuring those benefits
  • What is Safe Routes to School? [.pdf] - statistics that explain Safe Routes to School, including traffic congestion, safety, health and obesity, environment and bus transportation costs
  • SRTS Programs Poster [.pdf] – A menu of SRTS programs in the areas of Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement

Community Engagement

  • Overview of SRTS Poster [.pdf, English and Spanish versions] – High-level overview of SRTS and the 5 E’s
  • SRTS Handbook [.pdf] - benefits of Safe Routes to School, assembling a Safe Routes to School team, assessing local sidewalks and roadways, examining policies, determining goals, identifying action steps, tracking progress and more
  • Engaging Stakeholders in the Safe Routes to School Planning Process [.pdf] – How to build a team, gather information, maximize outreach, and plan implementation
  • SRTS Programs Poster [.pdf] – Examples and descriptions of SRTS programs in the areas of Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement
  • SRTS Community Engagement cards [.pdf] – The Safe Routes Partnership Community Engagement Cards are a collection of arts-based activities that foster community building through creativity. Each activity is designed to spark curiosity, encourage free expression, and engage diverse people in a variety of settings
  • SRTS Visioning [.pdf] – Poster that can be printed out for an engagement event to encourage participants to share their vision for walking and biking to school
  • SRTS engagement tool [.pdf] – This poster is ideal for engaging parents and students at school events or SRTS team meetings. The tool can print in a large format and allows parents and students to vote (with stickers) for the answers that most resonate with their concerns. Based on the SRTS parent survey questions, this is a great conversation starter

Safe Routes to School Planning

Events

  • Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day [link] are widely popular national events to encourage students to walk and bicycle to school and involve parents and the school community. Walk to School Day [link] is typically held the first week of October, and Bike to School Day [link] is held the first week of May, although schools can adapt events to fit their schedules
  • Winter Walk to School Day [link] – In Minnesota, we also celebrate walking to school in winter, the first week of February
  • Winter Walking 101 [.pdf] – Follow these helpful tips to learn how to encourage students to continue walking to school all winter long, and learn about the many benefits of winter walking
  • Walk and Bike to School Events Quick Tip sheet [.pdf] – quick reference for planning a successful Walk or Bike to School Day
  • Rodeo 101 [.pdf] – Bicycle rodeo 101; including their purpose, how to organize and lay out the events, and what stations to set up

Walking School Bus

  • Walking School Bus Quick Tip sheet [.pdf] – learn about walking school buses and how to start a new program
  • Walking School Bus Guide [.pdf] – The purpose of this step-by-step guide is to provide a clear description of how to plan and organize a walking school bus using adult volunteers as leaders
  • Walking School Bus online training modules [link] – This training highlights important tips and strategies for planning a walking school bus program. Participants will gain an understanding of how to prepare, build momentum and launch a walking school bus program, including identifying community partners and securing program funding

Bike Train

Park and Walk

  • Evaluation Tip sheet  [.pdf] – Quick tip sheet on evaluation best practices and FAQs 
  • Evaluation (National Center for Safe Routes to School) [link] – Basics of evaluation, including benefits, audience, and purpose
  • User Guide for all Evaluation Tools [.pdf] – Information and instructions on how to use the MnSRTS Evaluation toolkit
  • Parent Surveys [link; English and Spanish versions] and Student Tallies [link] – Essential tools for understanding parent concerns and barriers to address in your program while measuring baseline mode counts (walk/bike/bus/automobile) based on grade
  • School Zone Hazard Assessment Tool [.pdf] - Identifies critical issues that decrease safety in the immediate area around the school (i.e. distractions, illegal parking/pick up, unsafe crossing or helmet usage). Use the School Zone Hazard Analysis Guide Worksheet [.xlsx] to quickly analyze your observation tallies
  • School Environment and Policy Assessment [link] - Identify what aspects of environment and policy in the school zone create a safe and appealing walking and biking environment, and what aspects need improvement
  • SRTS Plan Implementation Survey [link] - A survey to gather information on SRTS plans that are in development or implementation phases to better understand the impact of plan strategies on building a successful SRTS program
  • School Implementation Progress Checklist [link] - Measures the progress of implementation of Safe Routes to School activities at a specific school with or without a SRTS plan
  • Let’s Go for a Walk: A Toolkit for Planning and Conducting a Walk Audit [.pdf] - This toolkit gives you the information and tools to hold your own walk audit that will help you achieve the goals of your community. Includes a sample one-page school neighborhood walk audit and a sample general walk audit checklist
  • Walk Audit tip sheet [.pdf] – Quick tip sheet with step by step instructions to conduct a walk audit to observe behavior and needed infrastructure improvements

  • Safe Routes to School Handbook [.pdf] – benefits of Safe Routes to School, assembling a Safe Routes to School team, assessing local sidewalks and roadways, examining policies, determining goals, identifying action steps, tracking progress and more
  • Communications Toolkit for Schools and School Districts [.pdf] – Learn to target your message to communicate to different audiences about Safe Routes to School
  • Walk! Bike! Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum [link] – designed specifically for Minnesota’s schools, this two-part curriculum helps children ages 5 to 13 learn traffic rules and regulations, potential hazards to traveling and handling skills needed to bike and walk
  • Technical Assistance Implementing Walk! Bike! Fun! [link] – 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
  • Keep Calm and Carry On to School [.pdf] – Improving Arrival and Dismissal for Walking and Biking
  • Walk and Bike to School Events [link] are widely popular national events to encourage students to walk and bicycle to school and involve parents and the school community. Walk to School Day [link] is typically held the first week of October, and Bike to School Day [link] is held the first week of May, although schools can adapt events to fit their schedules
  • SRTS District Policy Workbook [.doc] – This workbook is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes to School programs
  • Bike Fleet Guide [link] - Learn more about acquiring, managing and maintaining a bike fleet
  • Why Johnny Can’t Walk to School [.pdf] – This resource reviews public policies that affect neighborhoods around schools and the ability of communities to preserve landmark schools for educational use
  • Helping Johnny Walk to School [.pdf] – Policy recommendations for removing barriers to community-centered schools

Walking School Bus

  • Walking School Bus Quick tip sheet [.pdf] – learn about walking school buses and how to start a new program
  • Walking School Bus Guide [.pdf] – The purpose of this step-by-step guide is to provide a clear description of how to plan and organize a walking school bus using adult volunteers as leaders
  • Walking School Bus online training modules [link] – This training highlights important tips and strategies for planning a walking school bus program. Participants will gain an understanding of how to prepare, build momentum and launch a walking school bus program, including identifying community partners and securing program funding

Bike Train

Bus Stop & Walks

Park and Walk

  • MnDOT Demonstration Project Implementation Guide [.pdf] – A Resource for the Development of Short Term, Low Cost, Temporary Roadway Projects to Promote and Advance Walking and Bicycling
  • AARP Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit [.pdf] – This toolkit includes guidance on community engagement, organizing, building, and maintaining the momentum for a demonstration project
  • Pop-ups for SRTS: using tactical urbanism to promote SRTS Programs [.pdf] – This fact sheet outlines how pop-up projects can be used to advance Safe Routes to School projects, discusses the benefits of this type of demonstration project, provides examples of communities that have used pop-ups to advance Safe Routes to School, and shares resources for helping you create pop-up Safe Routes to School projects in your community

These talking points can help you communicate with various stakeholders about the importance of Safe Routes to School, and some resources you can share.