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Safe Routes to School

About Safe Routes to School

SRTS programs improve safety, reduce traffic and improve air quality near schools through a multidisciplinary approach that is structured around the 6 E’s.

Evaluation

Evaluation helps understand the underlying issues that need to be addressed and understanding how the projects and programs of each of the other five “E’s” can be most effective.

Education

Classes and activities that teach children (and their parents) bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety skills, the benefits of bicycling and walking, the best routes to get to school, and the positive impacts these activities have on personal health and the environment.

Encouragement

Events and activities that spark interest in both parents and students in walking and biking to school. Encouragement programs reward participation, build excitement about walking and biking, and inform children and adults about the personal and community benefits of walking to school.

Equity

Equity ensures that SRTS initiatives benefit all demographic groups, with additional attention toward addressing barriers and ensuring safe and healthy outcomes for lower-income students, students of color, and others that face significant disparities.

Enforcement

Strategies to deter unsafe behavior of drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians and to encourage all road users to obey traffic laws and share the road safely around schools.

Engineering

Infrastructure improvements (signage, crosswalks, signals, etc) designed to improve the safety of people walking, bicycling, and driving along school routes.

Minnesota Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan

The MnSRTS vision and goalsbelow were developed in collaboration with statewide partners during the development of the 2020 statewide strategic plan (PDF) that guides the Safe Routes to School program, with a focus on equity, in Minnesota.

Vision

Youth in Minnesota can safely, confidently, and conveniently walk, bike, and roll to school and in daily life.

Goals

Six overarching goals will guide the implementation of the Strategic Plan over the next five years to make progress towards the established vision:

  1. Build Local Partners’ Capacity to Implement SRTS
  2. Coordinate SRTS Implementation Statewide
  3. Increase Awareness of SRTS
  4. Develop Process, Policy, and Design Guidance that Supports SRTS
  5. Measure Progress, Evaluate Impacts, and Continually Improve the Program
  6. Innovate in Program Development and Implementation

Learn more about the 2020 MnSRTS Strategic Plan

Minnesota Safe Routes to School steering committee

Minnesota Safe Routes to School combines the expertise of multiple state agencies together with national and local partners to provide the resources needed to support walking and biking to school.

SRTS Steering Committee includes members representing cities and counties, regional planning organizations, non-profit organizations, educators and health professionals, and statewide agencies and organizations.

  • MN Department of Education
  • MN Department of Health
  • MN Department of Transportation
  • Center for Prevention at Blue Cross
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Regional Development Commissions
  • American Heart Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
  • Allina Health
  • Anoka Public Schools
  • Minnesota Safety Council
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Quality Bicycle Products