Advancing Safe Walking and Bicycling for Youth: Approaches from the Federal Safe Routes to School Program that Support Broad Safety Benefits for Youth

The report "Creating Healthier Generations, A Look at the 10 Years of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program" (ten-year report), prepared by the National Center, documents that much progress has been made in increasing walking and bicycling to school while improving safety. Using the rich data and case studies made possible by the State Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Coordinators and local SRTS practitioners, the ten-year report highlights the many successes of the Federal SRTS Program and examines how the strategies can be applied to the broader benefits of making walking and bicycling safer for all youth. While celebrating the Program’s accomplishments, it is also important to plan for the work that lies ahead. Today, most schoolchildren still do not walk and bicycle to school and in other places children must walk, but do so in unsafe conditions. Broadening the lens further, communities continue to prioritize the movement of vehicles over the safe travel of all road users—whether those are people walking, bicycling, using transit or motor vehicles. There is an urgent need to use the achievements and strategies that have benefited from use in Safe Routes to School programs, to do a better job serving children and youth as they move throughout their communities to parks, friends’ homes, sports venues and other places. Many communities agree that children are the heart of their communities’ futures and now is the time to take action towards that commitment. Using the findings of the ten-year report with input from the State SRTS Coordinators and participants of the Roundtable on Safe Routes to School: Ten Years of Progress, held in October 2015 at the US Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters, this report offers five ways that SRTS strategies can be used to improve safety beyond the trip to school.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01605785
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 11 2016 10:26AM